by Natalia C. - on mission in Argentina
Something I really love about mission is playing with the kids! They continuously remind me to focus on what truly matters in life: to exist in this reality and in this place, this place that is so different and unique to anything I have ever experienced before. On my days of permanency (which is the day that I stay at home with the kids and cook for the community), I’m always so surprised and impressed by the generosity of the children…they really love to help! Every single day at least 1 child will ask “te puedo ayudar?” (can I help you?).
Usually the children are a big help and I like to cook with them. However, sometimes they can complicate things…sometimes it’s difficult for me to let them do things when I know I could probably do the same thing faster and perhaps even better than they could. This is a beautiful lesson for me, it reminds me of the relationship that God has with us. God asks us to help Him when He calls us to something; He asks “help Me” in the simple way of spreading the good news of His love and of His Gospel. Now I definitely know God could do these things without my help…not to mention that He could do them infinitely better than I could ever hope to. Knowing this, why does He desire me to help? I think it’s for the same reason I desire the children to help me, not only do I enjoy spending time with them, but I know that in some mysterious way, it’s good for them. Not only do they learn practical things about housekeeping or cooking, but through their participation, they learn about a new and unique way to live and take care of a family, something that many of them will not experience elsewhere. It opens them up to love, growth, and service. I know when God calls me to something its main goal is always love. In the most intimate core of any calling from God is to “love and be loved”. This is what spending time with the kids is all about.