I had been in Honduras for two months when I met the girls of Eternal Family Project. I was able to spend time with them after my school day teaching. The very first thing I noticed was how happy they are. We ran, played games, and jumped on the trampoline. I realized I hadn’t laughed that hard in a long time. I may have been tired from so many piggy-back rides, but I knew I would be back. From that point on, I took every chance I got to spend time with the girls. I grew to know them and thought how great it would be if I could spend every day with them.
Fast-forward 3 months later. I am now sitting in their Learning Center as one of their teachers for this semester. I smile as I look around at their artwork on the walls, the timeline my class made, and the cutout Denia decorated for her birthday. God knew what he was doing when he brought me to Honduras. Even if, I admit, I didn’t always know. I found my way to Eternal Family Project by way of several stepping-stones in the process. I have the privilege of being a part of these amazing girls’ lives and education.
As I look forward to my remaining three months with them, I want to embrace each and every opportunity. Although I am technically their teacher, I realize I am learning so much more from them and this experience than I could ever have imagined. We discuss long division, the scientific method, and parts of speech in class. But my favorite conversations are hearing them talk about what they want to be when they grow up. How they want to help others in their community and around the world. Their hopes and dreams inspire me and are a daily reminder to live life to its full potential. Their family and all that they have overcome inspire me. The EFP Family is an incredible life-change for these young women and being with them has changed my life for the better as well.
- Maria, South Carolina