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The First Girl (Part One)

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The First Girl (Part One)

Can you remember one of those “light bulb moments” in your life? We all have them – that moment when something goes off in your head and sparks action. You know what I’m talking about….you’ve been there, too.

The most vivid light bulb moment for me happened several years ago in Honduras while I was working there building houses for impoverished families. In fact, I had someone snap a photo of that moment and I keep that picture to this day.

Honduras in the spring is hot and dry. The air blows warm and the sun beats relentlessly down on the arid landscape. That day began as all the others… climbing hills, hammering a house together, and crawling around on a hot tin roof. But this time one thing was different. This time I had a companion. Her name was Gissela, and she followed me everywhere. Any time I was free, she was holding my hand as if to say “Don’t go anywhere.” I just couldn’t shake her, and quite frankly, I didn’t want to. She seemed to be the same age as my oldest daughter, and I felt this strange bond, as if she really needed a father.

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Just One Candle

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Just One Candle

Thanksgiving Day 2009 didn’t find me where it usually does, sitting around a table with family or friends, enjoying turkey, dressing and football. No. This year, it was different.

This year, I was privileged to travel back to Honduras to witness something I had been waiting for for a long time. The first high school graduates from the Path of Hope program. I was going to see something that hadn’t been seen in this rural, poverty-stricken community… ever!

But Thanksgiving morning found me hiking over 4 miles into countryside, up steep hills, over rocky ground, to visit the house of one of our graduates. It struck me as I was hiking, that this is the walk she has been making every day, both ways, just to catch a bus to drive her into the city.

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