Beginning June 1, a team of bloggers and journalists will travel with Unbound to El Salvador and share their experiences with you.
Kristin Littrell, freelance writer and former Unbound staffer, is looking forward to co-leading Unbound’s first blogger trip and will write about her experiences for our blog.
By Kristin Littrell
Six years ago, I spent a week in Guatemala with Unbound.
A couple of years earlier, I had fallen head-over-heels in love with Kenya while visiting the country. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be able to say the same about Guatemala. But when I arrived, the people, rolling green hills, rapid Spanish and bright-colored Mayan wraps captured my heart.
My understanding of the world, and of poverty, grew. It became multi-dimensional.
When the trip was over, I flew back to my home in Kansas City. A short time later, my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our oldest daughter.
It was a relatively easy pregnancy, but every time I waited in the doctor’s exam room, I found myself thinking about prenatal care and babies in other countries.
Here I was, a woman passionate about development work, but becoming a mom changed me. The work was suddenly more personal, more intense, more urgent.
As I prepared to hold my own daughter who would be born in a state-of-the-art hospital, and grow up with a full stomach and have the assurance of all the education she could hope for, I grieved in a new way for mothers and fathers challenged by poverty. Mothers and fathers who, despite their deep love and best efforts, can’t provide everything their children need.
The girl in her twenties who loved to travel had grown up. My concern had turned to empathy.
It’s time to go back. I can feel the lessons I learned and the way those previous trips changed me, slipping away.
I need the mothers, the families, the children of El Salvador to remind me again of what is truly important in this life. I need them to remind me about hope and hard work, about potential and perseverance. And I need them, by their heroic daily living, to challenge me in my own life back home.
Next week, on June 1, I’ll hop on a plane to El Salvador, ready to experience Unbound’s work in Central America again.
This time, I go back to Central America carrying my 5-year-old and 2-year-old daughters in my heart with me.
I’ll do my best to share what I’m experiencing with you.
Would you follow along on the journey? And share this trip with your friends?
I hope you will because I know two things: sponsorship is life-changing both for them, and for us. And I’d love the opportunity to show you that next week.