Have you thought to yourself, “I would love to do that!” Then while nodding your head you tell yourself, “someday.”
That “someday” finally came for me! On Dec 7-9th 2018, Ms. Fox, myself, and a group of people went to do a Mission Trip (Toy Drive) in San Quintin, Mexico. I’ve always wanted to experience and physically be with the people my heart is set to serve; the kids. Being around poverty is not new to me, in actuality, this trip reminded me of home (I was born and grew up in the province of Philippines).
I would love to share how my family was personally administered by our country (the military men when the USA used to have a Naval Base) when I was still in the Philippines.
Experience of Faith - My auntie is deaf and mute. In our town, there’s no educational curriculum designed for her, not until Americans introduced to us American Sign Language. My auntie learned to read, write, and speak through sign. My grandpa never treated my auntie any differently other than normal despite her condition. He was faithful that a normal life was possible for my auntie.
Exposure of Hope - With the experience of faith comes hope! Our family saw the possibilities and we were all-in to support my auntie. One of the prerequisites of the Sign Language program that at least one of our family members learn with her. If we can learn to communicate with her, the community can learn too! An assured hope for all of us that my auntie can live just like us, normal and independent.
Expression of Love - As much as giving or showing is the more obvious way to express love, what about receiving? Love that was received well will bear fruits. Whatever intention it may be that Americans reached out to our community to educate the deaf and mute is not as important as our family openly received the gift, the love, to change our lives. This seed that was planted is bearing the fruit of desires to do the same for others.
I wish for you to never doubt yourself again. What you do matters and it truly changes lives! Let’s continue on the mission that was set before us, and never forget that our truest mission is to love our neighbors - near or far.
Jennifer Meim is a Graphic Designer who works with Entrepreneurs to transfer their vision into fruition. Jennifer has a natural gift of being in tuned with her clients to understand and to see their vision. For at least a decade, Jennifer have supported and worked closely with founders and CEOs to launch their ideas from table talks to tangibles. Jennifer is a self-taught designer, and continuously strive to learn especially with new technologies. Her creative soul and genuine love for people makes her one of the most approachable, dependable, and trustworthy designers in San Diego.