While walking on the streets near the retreat center, we were acknowledged or greeted by everyone we passed. People waved to us and shouted "Good Afternoon!". As a group, we certainly garnered a great deal of attention. At first I thought it might be my florescent green tank top and my purple shorts. However, the more logical reason was my pale complexion. I have never had the experience where I felt uncomfortable for being of a lighter complexion. Not one person said or did anything to make me feel uneasy; it was more of an internal thing. The experience was a humbling one and a great lesson. When you come from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, diversity is very low. It was the first time in my life that I was the minority in a situation. I hope that I will always remember this experience and be able to put it to use in the future.
I am anxiously waiting for morning as we head out on our first day of service. I am forcing myself to rid any expectations or preconceived notions that I have in hopes that I will keep an open mind regardless of what I end up doing. Please pray that we keep open hearts and open minds. I love and miss you all back home.