To the haters and the nay-sayers. To the people that said it could not be done and those that said we were crazy for trying. To those who doubted, diminished, and discouraged our attempts to change the lives of others. To those who questioned our sanity and used words like impractical, unrealistic, and impossible to describe our goals.
We thank you.
To those who called us out and talked us down. To the skeptics and the cynics, to those who found it easier to criticize from the sidelines than play in the game. To those who lost sight of the kids in the pursuit of their own glory. To everyone who doubted the power of our God, and the love He has for these kids.
You helped make this happen.
To the people who spoke of love and devotion but up and left at the first sign of struggle. To those who had a “life-changing” week, but never changed their lives. To those who set out running the good race, but stopped at the first hurdle. To those who let problems and politics prevent them from persevering in pouring themselves into these kids.
To those who saw only what they wanted to – only what would be convenient. To those who took challenge and difficulty as a “sign” that they should leave. To those who thought that the easy way and God’s way were the same. To those who decided when the going got tough that they better get going.
You don’t know what you’re missing.
Two days ago we saw the realization of four and a half months of dedicated work – months filled with sleepless nights and too many low points to count. But on Monday we brought the kids down to the land we purchased and had a ground-breaking ceremony to signify the beginning of construction on our
. We are seeing dreams come true and the
realization of the impossible. As
everything comes together and we rejoice at the opportunity to rewrite the
stories of these children we love so dearly, we want to stop and thank the
people who encouraged and motivated us by doubting and questioning us. And we want to apologize to the people who
have never felt the joy and satisfaction that comes with seeing something
through in the face of challenges and obstacles. Perseverance and resilience are some of the
most valuable qualities you can possess in a broken world – maybe even more so
in a country like School of Hope Guatemala.
There is a phrase I have come to love over my past 10 months in
Guatemala, “vale la pena” (it can be translated as “it’s worth the trouble”). There is nothing about the process of
building this school that has been easy, but because of these kids, vale la