Welcome to the Spring edition of MSPP’s newsletter! It was a pretty intense winter in Illinois, but I think that I can safely say that Spring has arrived! January 4, 2015 was the 11th anniversary of my first trip to Guatemala and the beginning of a life changing journey for me. I feel very blessed to be travelling this journey and to be able to share it with all of you. The last few months have been a period of great expansion for MSPP, new projects, new partners, new communities and several new faces to our MSPP team.
While our work projects are important, part of our mission is to raise awareness of global needs. In January, I had the pleasure to once again travel with small group of college students to Guatemala. Most of them had never traveled outside of the U.S. None of them had ever witnessed such poverty. I watched these students as they worked in uncomfortable surroundings. I watched as they interacted with people who are so very different looking then they are. They didn’t seem to notice the differences. They treated these people with kindness, compassion and respect. I was proud to be a part of their team. I am also very proud to be a part of this generation of parents who are raising their children to be global citizens. When we can teach our children and grandchildren that extending our hand to help our neighbors makes the whole world a better place for everyone to live, then we have accomplished something. Providing our youth (and our old folks) with the opportunity to build relationships with people that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet is a very important part of what MSPP is all about. I would like to thank all of you. Your support allows us to continue our efforts in raising awareness of the needs of our global community.
As always, I would also like to thank my MSPP team who I have the great pleasure to work with. They support me, they work hard for MSPP and on occasion they are forced to pull my feet back down to earth!