Harold Whitman once said “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

For 34 of us here in Indonesia I believe we have come alive these past 10 days. It has been an incredible journey of hope, giving, sharing, learning, service, hard work, conquering fears, meeting new friends, strengthening existing friendships, building belief, creating memories, trying new things, sweating more than we thought possible, getting a few scratches, rashes, bites or more, enjoying the sun, and exploring the world. We have so many stories to share when we come home and we look forward to telling you all of them.

We have once again learned that in giving we are the ones who are blessed. We brought trees, water and light to the sweet people of West Java in Indonesia. We worked with incredible partners who helped us understand the local needs and local people. And yet, despite our attempt at selflessness, we have again learned more, experienced more, gained more and grown more as people than we ever could have without coming here and experiencing this.

Stay tuned for all our stories and adventures. For now, enjoy two sneak peeks of the journey:

First, this was the day before the group arrived. Hannah and I had an opportunity to visit a local kindergarten in Lido where a local housewife has started a beautiful school focused on all the usual kindergarten curriculum in addition to teaching English and teaching planting, sustainability and horticulture! It was a chance meeting around the world and one that led to a beautiful morning. Enjoy!