We reached a certain point and Pastor Reggie looked at me and said "Alyssa, look how far you have come." I looked across two mountains and could see a small white rectangle; the roof of Bouvier school. I could not believe myself or what I had accomplished, so I'm sure you don't believe that I did it either. If I've never been inspired to get into shape, I am now. I am determined to change my entire life.
When I was in high school, I walked 15 to 20 minutes back and forth each day and I complained. These children at Bouvier hike miles up the mountains each day to receive minimal education. The closest school in the other direction was miles away, across a deep and fast flowing river. These kids literally have no other options than to make the most of what they have.
This week, I truly relished in all of God's beauty. I heard the voice of the river and saw the many faces in the trees, like in Pocahontas. I guess I've never been so in tune with nature and my spirit.
I almost lost my shoe today when it was time to cross the river. I tried to throw it across and it ripped downstream. A young boy and a man went racing for it. My feet hurt just watching them cross over the rocks.
I apologize; I'm so over the place in my writing today because I do not remember a time frame. I do not remember when things happened, but there are so many great things that I am trying to remember and to express on this page.
As I sit here and write, I am amazed by all of God's glory. I am wet. I smell. My clothes are muddy. My feet and ankles hurt. I have a heat rash on my neck. BUT, despite all of that, I am happy, I am blessed and I know that I have met several of my yearly goals by coming to Haiti. This experience was truly meant to be. Hurricanes, political unrest, fear; they all are so small when my God is so big!