All of us do not need to come to Guatemala to serve others. Some of us are called to stay near home and make home sweeter.
Here are some thoughts on that:
1. If you live in Toledo, visit the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union. You can find it in a small strip mall near the southeast corner of Dorr and Detroit. Go in and tell them that I sent you. Ask to see Suzette. Sit down and ask her to tell you her story. Ask how you can help her. Think about how you might use your specific God-given gifts to help her and the surrounding community. Be prepared to get involved. I am eager to hear about your experience! I triple dog dare you to try it! Guaranteed to be life changing. (No, like, really, I want YOU to do this. Like, really!)
2. Get the book The Prayer of Jabez. Only get it if you BELIEVE in miracles. It is helpful if you reflect on the miracles that have occurred n your life. If you can't think of any miracles that have happened in your life, be really open to the message of the book. If you CAN name some miracles this will only confirm your experience. Ask Suzette (see #1 above) to share some of her miracles with you. DO what the book says. It took two friends giving me the book to understand it. The first person was a young woman whom I met in Chicago at a conference. After exchanging a few words at the conference, we decided that we would go to supper together. We found a simple mall and sat down to a long chat. I think that she believed that God had sent me to hear her story (that's my translation...and take it with humility of God using me) so she was determined to give me the book. I was leaving the next morning on the megabus she chased me to a McDonalds where I was sitting out the wait and eagerly handed me the book. I read it, but I don't think that I GOT it. Suzette gave me the book as I left for Guatemala. I spent my first month in Antigua with the book. I think I GET it better now. What I first understood was that people like Suzette were Jabez and that I was lucky enough to know her and to hang out with her. Then God told me that I was Jabez. Oh......that God would be with me.....AND God is.....and I EXPECT him to be....that is FAITH.
3. Read this. http://altrushare.com/pdf/CDLF_Sept2012.pdf. Do something about it in your community. Where is your local Community Development Credit Union (different from a regular credit union)? Find out how you can help. Just become a member. Open a small or a large account. Contribute to the credit union. Put a secondary capital loan into the credit union. Ask Suzette to put some flesh around the ideas presented in the article. Write to Peter Drasher at AltruShare. Only you really know what you are called to do.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012