A change in perspective

 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” – Matthew 10:42

Our sweet Liz recently took a giant step out of her comfort zone and completed a mission trip to Honduras with Salem Lutheran church. Liz is 15 years old, and we’ve had the pleasure of getting to watch her bloom for a little over a year now.  She’s a member of the Watford cottage family and the McKenzie’s are doing a wonderful job raising young women of character.

Not only did she take a brave step in leaving the country on her own to help people she’d never met, she did so with the sole intent to serve them.

So what did she do?

The church spreads the gospel to the Honduran people; they also provide eye care to them that would otherwise not be obtainable where they’re at along with a small clinic for other ailments they may have. Along with praying with and over these people, administering eye tests and filling out result cards, she got the pleasure of visiting an orphanage they also serve.

There, she met a little boy named Thomas and she found herself relating with him more than she expected. She instantly empathized with the fact that he was separated from his family and was away from home.  Once she left the orphanage she realized how grateful she is for Boys and Girls Country.  While talking with her about this, we were touched to hear her appreciation. “I have it so good here! Not only do I have a loving family at BGC, but I have things I take for granted like clean running water that’s hot, air conditioning, access to healthcare, and so much more. I didn’t realize how many people don’t have even the basics, let alone a support system! I won’t take it for granted again.” She then thanked us and we got to experience the fruit of seeing what we do come full circle. We hope you get to experience that full circle feeling of pride as well! It’s the donors, the volunteers, the families that entrust us with their kids, our staff, and our amazing board members who allow this to happen! So thank YOU for your part in this blessing! If your new to our organization please take a moment to look at the other awesome things were doing at Boys and Girls Country.

We hope you enjoyed Liz’s story. In the comments below please let us know what you would like to see on the BGC blog.