This week I’m in San Pedro Sula, Honduras with the band Tenth Avenue North. We are about to head out to see Compassion International’s work with children living in extremely poor communities. The experience is always eye opening but the best part is playing with the children in the program and getting to hear a little about their lives.
You see, this is what happens every time… Conversations start with kids and you suddenly realize these kids are dreamers.
Photo by Keely Scott
They are future leaders in their sphere of influence. They are future teachers, entrapeneurs, doctors, lawyers, pastors, politicians, business execs, artists, sports figures, coaches, mentors, fathers, mothers, husbands and wives.
They want what we want – An opportunity to make something of themselves. They want life to have meaning and purpose. They want to make a difference in other peoples lives. They want others to experience the same love and attention that has been shown to them – The kind that has made them into the hope of the next generation.
These are their dreams and they dream often.
While we think we are coming to here change lives and experience something the band can tell their audience about, what will really happen is these kids and the people we meet will change our lives instead.
It’s what happens every time.
Show me a dreamer living in poverty and I show you the future president of a country, the next leading doctor of their country, the next big soccer player…
I’ll show you a future teacher who might end up moving to your country to teach your kids how to read and write… because at an early age, when this future teacher was taught how to read and write by teachers in the Compassion program this future teacher was going home and teaching their parents how to read and write.
This is what our day holds.