Monday, April 16, 2012

You are not only making a tremendous impact in their lives, but also one in yours...

Below are reflections by three great Friends about their trip to NPH Guatemala!

John Hutt – Sophomore
For six days I had the pleasure to live in the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage, in Guatemala with the children there. I go to Brophy College Preparatory, and every year an immersion trip is offered to the student body. I applied and was accepted to venture to Guatemala with 40 of the Brophy brothers. While down there we worked in the field, saw the country from an insider’s point of view, but most importantly we created relationships with the children down in NPH. I grew more emotionally in those six days than I have in my sixteen years. I was able to sponsor a child, Pablo Alfonso, and he has changed my life. We became friends instantly and went everywhere together. He is my best friend, and I write to him every chance I get. I cannot talk highly enough for the people down there and especially Pablo. They truly are the most sincere people I’ve ever met and had the pleasure to live with. In the days and months before we went down, everyone was curious about what we would be building or doing for them. In reality, they do more for me than I do for them. They have impacted my life in a monumental way, and I will never forget those six days for the rest of my time on Earth. My life has been changed for the better, and I can thank NPH, Brophy, and all of the staff and children in Guatemala for that.

Peter Haenel - Junior
Upon reflecting on the NPH trip to Guatemala and the sponsorship program, I had a realization. Initially, I thought the person to benefit would be my pequeño, Diego, but these pequeños give you something far greater than your dollar a day. Diego taught me how to be genuine, generous, and hospitable; traits that are hard to come by living in the United States. It is not a one way street, in the sense that both Diego and I benefit from the relationship. Diego gets financial aid and a buddy, while I get a genuine friend and learn priceless lessons. Everyone should sponsor a kid in need and visit an NPH campus, because you are not only making a tremendous impact in their lives, but also one in yours.

Conner Lawston - Sophomore
This year was my first time on the Guatemala Trip, so I went into it not knowing what to expect. Being there opened my eyes to the rest of the world. The things I took for granted, like clean water and grocery stores, were not part of everyday life. The thing that impacted me most was the pequeños, and their never-ending happiness. They were overwhelmed with excitement when we first saw them, running around and yelling "dulces." (candy) The first day I met Fransisco, the pequeño I am currently sponsoring. Going to Lake Atilan was Fransisco's first time on a boat, and he had never been into a big city. Overall, the trip was an amazing experience for me.

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