My one major regret from college is that I did not participate in a Lighthouse mission trip. TU is great about conducting mission trips to various peoples of the world who really need help. Students are completely immersed in a foreign culture and learn through action what it truly means to be the hands and feet of Christ.
My younger sister, Maria, is participating in a Lighthouse trip in this, her senior year. She and the rest of her team left this morning for Paraguay. They will live with a native Ache tribe for the next month, working with the children and building classrooms for the school. The government came in and attempted to “help” by building bathroom/shower facilities, but it was a rushed, poorly conducted job, and the place is in shambles: another thing the team will be attempting to fix.
My sister has a heart that genuinely cares for other people. She always puts herself last and does what she can to make life a little easier for others. She’s a problem solver, a hands-on worker, and a great listener. She may be a tiny person, but the best things come in small packages, and her beautiful soul and personality will be a wonderful gift to the Ache people.
Here is the Lighthouse 2010 Team Paraguay. I will miss her and worry about her constantly while she is gone, but she is doing important work. Blessings to her, the rest of the team, and all of the people they will encounter.