A Teen's Reflection of Grenada

I’ve been to many breathtaking places, but traveling to Grenada for mission work proved to be a unique and unforgettable experience.  The juxtaposition of the richness of Grenada’s vegetation coupled with the stark poverty of its citizens touched me in the depths of my spirit.  Being mildly shy and working with people from another country forced me out of my comfort zone.

Working at the Dorothy Hopkins’s center for people with mental and physical challenges shook me to my core.  During my time there, I sang songs with the residents and heard their beautiful voices despite their severe disabilities.  It was amazing to see people who could barely talk or function play instruments and sing songs.  “I saw that care has no language or geographical barriers and that music is medicine.”

They showed me that life is to be cherished and not taken for granted.  I am extremely proud that I was able to step out of my comfort zone in order to reach out to those in need of love.  In return, I received an epiphany:  “Serving those who can’t help themselves is the highest form of success.”

This experience is one that I hope to repeat for many years to come.   A servant’s heart for helping people was uncovered within me.  Life for me will never be ordinary or taken for granted again.  “Each day is a new beginning to positively impact one person, one situation at a time.”

--Shelby Smallwood, Youth