All Kinds of News for November 09, 2016
In mid-October, a group of students and staff from Greenbrier Academy for Girls traveled to a barrio in Nicaragua with hopes of bettering the lives of those living in the small community. Upon arrival, students were eagerly greeted by smiling children with outstretched arms. Amidst the laughter and cheerful shouts from delighted children, a sense of enthusiasm began to grow among the girls. Full of ambition, the Greenbrier Academy students set out to make their time in Nicaragua purposeful.
Working alongside the Chosen Children Ministries, the Greenbrier Academy team helped to provide food, distribute supplies, and construct a house. Throughout the days, Greenbrier Academy students and staff couldn’t help but notice the authentic appreciation that was apparent on each local’s face. “The children didn’t ask for anything but our energy,” a therapist recalled. The blissful aura filled students with hope and fostered self-reflection. “These kids had so little, but they were some of the happiest people I’ve ever met,” smiled a Greenbrier Academy student. “Coming back home, it makes me think about all the meaningless things that we fight over or worry about. Cell phones, social media, expensive clothes - that stuff just doesn’t matter when you really think about it.”
There was no shortage of touching moments during the week-long visit. While there were countless instances of joy, the team was frequently reminded of the enormous need in this community. One staff member, Michelle, remembers a heartbreaking scene that took place while volunteers handed out food bags to children who had sponsors. “I noticed a few mothers came up to see if their child’s name was on the list,” she said. After a few moments of agonizingly scanning the paper, she watched the disappointed mothers as they sadly walked away. “I wished we could have stayed longer because I left feeling like we could have done so much more for them.” The despairing moment stuck with Michelle and she is looking forward to returning to the barrio again to pick up where she left off.
The Greenbrier Academy team considers themselves blessed to have met the people of the Nicaraguan village. Through times of happiness and sorrow, the girls supported their fellow humans and discovered a sense of gratitude that many had never before felt. Upon returning home, students were challenged to harbor those emotions in their hearts and to live each day with the same compassion for others. A student remarks thoughtfully, “If it was possible there, it is possible here.”