Language is beautiful. It is a driving force for people that allows for us to accomplish great things. We can express ourselves through language and form connections through language... but what happens when language is null and void? How do we communicate with those people who do not recognize our language as their own. How do we form bonds and connections with no language in common? What is a universal language and how can we learn it?
While I was in Haiti, I learned ways to speak to the children in the orphanage and up the mountains at Bouvier. I bonded with so many people that had no idea how to speak English, and although I was picking up Ceole phrases, it was not enough to hold conversation, but we made do and I was excited that love prevailed. Passion plays a part too. Not much can be accomplished if there is no motivation to overcome barriers and challenges.
As I tried to find ways to communicate, so did others. Even the children found ways to say thank you and express their love. That made a world of difference in my heart. The level of determination it required to write a letter in an unfamiliar language is unimaginable. So thank you to my little ones for inspiring me.
As I prepare to travel back to Haiti, I am determined to learn the French language. I am taking daily lessons and learning a little more each day. I cannot wait to conquer French and Creole, and later on, Spanish too. Pastor Reg is an international translator and he speaks seven languages fluently, so I know and believe that it is possible for me to do the same. Watch out world! I'm coming strong!
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