Greenhouse Ferns Lead Teacher, Bloc Leader, Guatemala Discovery Trip 2016
Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)?
GreenHouse is where God led me. I showed up to Watershed one Sunday and was introduced to Co-Pastor Matt. The following week I returned and Matt remembered me and asked me to serve in GreenHouse. I remember thinking, "Okay, anywhere but the 2 year olds." The following week I was introduced to former children's pastor Nate George, and was told I was going to be a Sprouts volunteer (Yes, the 2 year olds!). God has a wonderful sense of humor. He doesn't always give us what we want, but he always knows what we need. I fell in love with the Sprouts room and have been volunteering in there for the last 5 years. Being able to see these kids grow up in an environment where we plant the seed of God's Love and we see it nurtured over the years. I've seen a lot of transition in Watershed and in GreenHouse. Not just the physical locations, but within the community itself.
I was in two Charlotte Blocs before I decided to form my own Bloc in Mount Holly. I enjoyed my Blocs, but it was always so difficult to travel all the to Charlotte. When I found out there were many Watershed folks living in Gaston County, I decided why not. It has been a wonderful experience, and I hope my Bloc members feel the same.
I went on a mission trip to Haiti in 2011. I had such a wonderful, humbling experience that I knew I wanted to do it again. Going to Guatemala reminded me so much of my father's home town in Mexico, it was amazing. Being able to serve as a translator was an added bonus. I wold love to return perhaps in a different capacity. Because of my training as a registered nurse, I have a desire to participate in medical missions.
What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer?
I have many moments that I can say are my favorite and it is because they all give me a sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride. All my favorite moments center around the same emotion. Many times we have had some kids that are not so excited about being dropped off in Greenhouse. Several times I have had different kids see that I was the "Teacher" for the day and they stopped giving their parents a hard time and came in to give me a hug. This give me a sense of accomplishment, almost like a sense of purpose. I was put in here for a reason.
If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be?
An inclusive community: Does everything that it can to respect all its members, gives them full access to resources, and promotes equal treatment and opportunity. Works to eliminate all forms of discrimination. Engages all its members in decision-making processes that affect their lives. Values diversity.