Yvonne is a volunteer at our Pax Christi and Project Peace almost every day this fair week. She shares this story:
Upon inviting a grandmother and her 17 yr. old granddaughter to explore the Peace Booth, I found a captivating story unfold.
Grandmother, “Carolyn Faith,” had been the Host Family to 17 yr. old “Robie’s” father, some 20 years ago from the Netherlands. He was not only incorporated into the “Faith” family for that school but became a son of their heart for life. Soon after, they traveled to the Netherlands to attend his wedding. When Robie was born, Carolyn became their granddaughter. History repeats itself. Robie visited the family with her parents at age 8 and became their exchange student in high school, immersing herself into a new culture and language.
As we three spoke of the importance of pursuing peace through love and respect, honoring the differences in other cultures and religions, tears welled in the eyes of this beautiful grandmother. “I don’t know if you can share your story about you and your Mother’s visit to Africa, without crying, but will you, Robie?”
Robie shared that her Mother and she visited Africa with a group. Upon meeting some poor African children, her mother gave some small toys, paper to construct paper animals and played with the children–she had thought ahead to bring such items.Tearfully, Robie shared she just could not understand how the others in the group didn’t share from their abundance with these poor African children.
Her broken heart has led her to begin studies in Anthropology at the University in the Netherlands upon returning to her homeland in a couple weeks. She has determined in her heart to bridge the gap that divides by respecting the uniqueness of each culture, not impose our way of doing things upon them and then one day returning to Africa and other countries.
This story at the Peace Booth enriched and touched my heart. This faith family brings me hope to fight for the right and for PEACE. Yvonne E.Soldan
Yes! Yes! Lord, yes!’ To your Will and to Your Way, With my whole heart, I will say, “Yes, Lord, Yes!” Joyful Evangelist