The experience of the missionary trip to Campeche was very beautiful. One of the things that I liked the most is the idea of traveling with a purpose; in this case to to go help and how you can change someone's life with words of encouragement.
Something that stood out to me were the children, by the fact that you come across each story ... and the truth is that you are surprised at what children tell you: "My father abandoned me, I want to be a criminal when I grow up." Children 5 or 6 years old saying that is something shocking to me.
I understand it from my own experience; When I was a child I did not feel capable of becoming something, I felt that I was worth nothing, until someone told me:
"You are special, you were created with a purpose, you can do great things."
I believe that something small can make a big difference in someone's life. Today I have finished my university studies and I am going for my specialty. One of the things that motivated me a lot was knowing that God has a plan for me, that I am special, and that I was created with a purpose. Being able to do the same with children is something extraordinary for me that I really say: It's worth it.
[Traveling with Fundación Smiles] is a journey in which you can change someone's life and even your own life and the way you see it.
If you have the opportunity attend a missionary trip, I would really recommend it, it is an experience that nobody takes away from you and well, I learned that "He who does not live to serve, does not serve to live", is a popular saying, but I really feel that I learned it on this trip.
Written by: Esli Tello, Smiles Volunteer, Campeche-México 2021.