Traveling through the slums of Tijuana, Mexico, is not only one heck of a bumpy ride, but it is a breathtaking and eye-opening experience. Homes of Hope, and building a home for a homeless family is a life changing opportunity that should be experienced at least once. It brings tremendous perspective to life. How we take the smallest things for granted: like paved roads, makeup, running water, electricity, and being able to sit on a toilet that actually flushes.
This is my 15th year building with Homes of Hope, and each year I walk away overwhelmed by how much I get from giving. This year I brought my makeup kit, and when I pulled it out, you should have seen the eyes light up on the girls’ faces. Girls from the entire community came running over for me to do their makeup. When they would look at themselves in the mirror with sparkly eye shadow on, simple blush, and pink lip gloss, tears welled up in their eyes. They couldn’t believe how pretty they looked.
Little things can make a big difference. In our society, makeup is an everyday thing (sometimes it’s even a burden), but to them it was a once in a lifetime experience. The makeup was such a hit that even the BOYS of the community came over and wanted me to glam them up! It was amazing to see how much happiness something as simple as makeup brought to these children.
We live in a world of abundance, and Homes of Hope allows us to count our blessings, appreciate everything, and live with gratitude. We showed up to a family standing proud on a slab of cement with nothing but a house made of cardboard, and two days later we left them with more than just a home. We provided them hope for their future. The family we built the home for was a mother, father, and two children. Could you imagine growing up without having a solid roof over your head? No running water? No toilet, bath, or sink? We provided these things for a family who could not provide for themselves right now. We took the burden of having to struggle to fit 4 people on a single bed out of the equation. And that is why I love going to Homes of Hope every year. It affords me the opportunity to give something back and make a difference in another homeless families’ life.
This is why I Live to Give! Why does giving feel so great? I mean honestly, you get more in return when you give. It’s amazing.
If you are interested in donating or experiencing a build, check out their website. http://www.ywamsandiegobaja.org/homesofhope/