Recently I have been praying, writing, emailing, tweeting, blogging, talking, chatting, etc. about the situation here in Guatemala (the facts of which can be found in my previous post: March for Justice). In my mind I’m doing all of this…spending my time and energy on this topic, even though it’s the busiest (aka: last) week of school when I could easily (and probably should) divert my attention to many other things…because I want people to know. To be outraged. To want to help do something about it. Even if all someone does is say: Hey! That sucks! Thinking about you! With you in spirit! That would be a start. That would be a help. But instead I get either avoidance or…my personal favorite…statements such as: Why don’t you just leave? Isn’t it time to get out of there? Why don’t you just come home? There is plenty of missions work here [the States].
For real, people!?!?! Really?!?!? These are statements that make me so sad. Where would anyone currently enjoying the freedom, safety, lifestyle, etc. of the US be if no one had ever stood up for those things there? Now, I haven’t lived in the States for seven years…that’s not a long time…but do people there really just think that’s the natural order of things? That they just woke up one day with all they have? If so…maybe they do need to be doing a better job in schools…teaching history.