A reflection by Lurae, a Good Neighbor volunteer in St. Cloud
My family returned home from Guatemala in March 2023 after visiting Guatemalan friends I hadn’t seen in 20 years. My husband, teenage kids, and I began to dream of hosting our Guatemalan friends whenever they could come and visit us. At that same time, I got a text from Samantha asking if I would like to be a Good Neighbor to this new Venezuelan family that would soon be arriving. My whole family was immediately on board. If it was our Guatemalan friends coming, we’d absolutely help them, so yes, we’d also step in and walk with this Venezuelan family we had never met.
We felt that coming alongside them from the moment they got here could make a world of difference in how they are received, the opportunities that they find, and the questions we could answer as they navigate a whole new environment.
Alcides responded “¡Genial!”, meaning, “Great! Fantastic!”
There’s no language barrier when it comes to having fun.