It's amazing how living a week in a poverty stricken area changes your perspective. I spent all of last week on a Mission's Trip in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In true American style this extreme poverty was side by side with opulence. St. Joseph's, just a 2 minute drive across the bridge reminded me of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Benton Harbor Vs. St. Joe's
Don't count them totally down and out though, they've got some pretty cool ministries and programs going on, like I'm Saving Myself.
Hardest week I've had in a while: outdoor work with no shade, all week - in an extreme heat warning. Cold showers, with a 3 minute time limit, not that it mattered, I would start sweating again before I had finished drying off. Very very little sleep... which always makes things feel worse.
There were some awesome highlights too - getting to finish a house, and see our handiwork; swimming in the lake; the foot washing ceremony; Kilwin's ice cream; fireworks in the parking lot....and my biggest highlight - I got a Rap! Yep, that's right, some of the kids were freestylin' - and Juan rapped about me :) Mostly that I had cool hair, and was wearing a pink shirt, but it was awesome!