CYPRESS AVENUE TEAM GOES TO ECUADOR
Two team members share reflections on the work.
By Joyce Griffin
Just wander back into your mind and envision this…
A child sitting across from you unable to speak due to language differences and too young or shy to articulate. He is “in your hand” and WATCH he trusts you. You can wash his feet; apply lotion to his toes; put on the socks and shoes. He will hug you. There he goes walking away with a lollipop in his mouth.
A team member is sitting there bent over for hours without any pain or need to change the position. She is there to minister to a child. She hugs them, rubs their legs, powders their shoes and kisses them goodbye. It is just the dream of GETTING MY HANDS ON THEM!!! She knows he does not know her and likely will never see her again. But she is giving him the love gift of presence. She just may see him one day in heaven. Today he is her brother in Christ.
Watch the tall, large, bald headed man with the gift of joy. Watch him speak to the children. Watch him sit at the soup kitchen table. Listen to him speak of his “daily note from his wife as she shares him with this ministry more than she has him at home each year. He is the best foot washer of all the team and we know it.
Did you see the gentle unassuming lady with the courage to take her gift of creativity and learn to cook? She took the gift of cooking and made a soup kitchen. She collects her “shoes” in her sauna and has enlarged the Happy Feet project to an international status...AND she invites us into their home for elegant meals, lodging, and makes us feel special.
Have you ever watched a group of young men forget their swagger? Did you see them forego their costumes of the age, throw away their hair dryers, and speak earnestly in their devotions? Did you see the guitar being renewed, the pictures being hung, the “old” folks protected? (HA)
We are those people, and we are the Cypress 12.