"...What was remarkable was the impact not that I felt I had on the kids but more so the impact they had on me."
One of the most amazing experiences for me was the realization of how much love one receives from the children at Mustard Seed Communities (MSC). We went down to Jamaica with the intention of helping the children and the communities, whether that be through acts of charity, construction work, working/playing with the kids, praying with them, etc, but what was remarkable was the impact not that I felt I had on the kids but more so the impact they had on me. These beautiful children, all of which have disabilities of some sort, are more capable of expressing the love of Christ than people more privileged. The incredible part about that, is that many of them accomplish this without being able to speak a word. The shine in their eyes and the smile on their face speak more words than any sentence they might be able to share. The children at Mustard Seed have altered my approach to teaching through their example. St. John Bosco said "It's not enough to love the children, it is necessary that they are aware that they are loved". The love that I experienced through the kids at MSC encouraged me to outwardly love those around me, not necessarily just by words of affirmations but more so through genuine care, appreciation, and respect.