Loving Like God Intended

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Often people visit Guatemala and focus on the things that they don’t have. 

Closets full of clothes.

Hot showers and warm beds.

An abundance of choices when it comes to what they are going to eat and drink.

But I can’t stop thinking about what they do have. 

These people have love.

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The way the Guatemalans we’ve met on this trip love one another {and even virtual strangers} is something worth envying.

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They are the kindest and most hospitable people I’ve ever encountered. Every house we have been in welcomed us with open arms. They cooked for us. They answered our myriad of questions. They posed for pictures.

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But do you know what stood out the most?

How they laughed with {and sometimes at} us. How they unabashedly told us their hopes and their dreams. How they treated us like equals. How they so quickly found the things we have in common. How they felt comfortable enough to breastfeed in front of us and ask us uber personal questions. How they’ve been able to build deep connections quickly because shame and pride muddle their relationship the way they muddle ours.

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I want to live like them. Actually that’s not accurate. I want to love like them. 

Without pride. 

Without shame. 

How God intended. 

I want my new friends to continue to see progress in their fight against chronic malnutrition. I want them to continue with the programs FH has begun to implement that are improving health and hygiene, empowering women to save and invest, and encouraging kids to stay in school.

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For just $35 a month, you can help by sponsoring a child and beginning a relationship with a family that can help you learn how to love better.

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • Alia_Joy

    Could their smiles be any more radiant. Gorgeous!

    • lindseyrnobles

      I know, right?!?

  • jennieallen

    Oh so beautiful friend. Missing you guys and praying constantly. xo

    • lindseyrnobles

      Can’t wait to travel with you in November!

  • http://inspiredrd.com InspiredRD

    I love this. So beautiful. Praying for y’all!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Thanks Alysa. You are the best.

  • http://refineus.org/ Justin and Trisha

    Powerful post! What incredible smiles they have. I want joy like that!

  • Rachel Miley

    I’ve just gotten back from a 5 week trip in Guatemala, and you’ve perfectly captured the spirit of it’s people. Everywhere you look, there is hope and joy among the brokenness us Americans tend to focus on. Thank you for bringing the focus to what we should really be taking note of- their beautiful hearts!

  • http://thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

    What I love and am excited to get reconnected with, through your trip, is the joy you’re speaking about here. I can remember a trip to Tibet, I made years and years ago, experiencing similar things. I remember being amazed by the simple joys and love the people had for one another, and how un-distracted they were.

    I wish I was more present with those blessings now.

  • Alexandra Chitwood

    This truly encompasses what their lifestyle is all about – selfless love, compassion, and faith! Our church, The Door Christian Fellowship, has collaborated with FH over the last 4 years. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a 12 person team, including my husband and stepson. Visiting Pa’apa for 10 days was a blessing. Sponsoring a child then having the opportunity to see him in school and visit and pray with his family in their home was awesome! God bless you and the team of bloggers! Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  • http://theinnerharborblog.com/ Emily Gallimore

    This is a beautiful post, Lindsey. Love it! And I want to love like them, too!

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