During my stay at Plan Escalon I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of something amazing. I don’t even think words could describe exactly what it was like.
We drove about 3 hours from Plan Escalon to a village called El Zapote. When we arrived we were faced with a one hour hike uphill. It was a long, rocky walk, and since it rained the night before it was very slippery. Every time I took a step I would have to try to keep my balance so I wouldn’t fall. The hike was one of the hardest things of my life, and there were times where I felt like I couldn’t go on. Then I realized that these people do this walk every day; I just kept on pushing myself. I am so glad that I did, because at the end of the day it was worth it.
We carried boxes of shoes, school supplies, and food up the hill with us for the people. The village people were so grateful to receive the donations, and they said thank you over and over again. Although we went there to be the hands and feet of Jesus, bringing them donations, praying with them, and just loving on them; they weren’t the only ones who received the blessing.
These amazing people were the hands and feet of Jesus for us. They fixed the entire group a delicious lunch made with chicken, rice, tortillas, and other vegetables. It was amazing because even though they had very little, they were the first to give us everything they had. In the States we often come across so many people who have everything they could ever want or need, yet they are the last to give. It was awesome to see these people who have nothing and yet give the little that they do have. I have never seen such gratitude over a pile of clothes, soup, hygiene items, and notebooks. Their gratefulness was astounding, sobering, and heartbreaking.
We had gone to give to the broken, but instead, they gave to us. I thank God we were able to experience this and serve the people of El Zapote.
[Kenzie Lorch, the writer of this article, has gone for a number of years on the Hands of Hope trip to Plan Escalon. Last year she stayed on as an intern for the summer and this was one of the Life in Action trips she took with the students from Plan Escalon. After graduating from high school she will do a year-long internship at Plan Escalon.]