Thoughtful Trip Home For The Penticton Crew
As the bus rolls north I sit here reflecting on the last eleven days as I prepare for the two day drive back
home. Today is the beginning of the last leg in what is now my fifth trip to Mexico – my Hawaii.
I can think of many words to describe this latest journey, not the least of which would be awesome!
Awesome TEAM, awesome staff, awesome “home away from home”, awesome family (how else do you
describe a dad who wanted the front of his new home ‘grande’ graffitied with the names of the TEAM),
awesome beach day(s), awesome “holy mole that’s hot” Mexican food, awesome church family (our
second project), awesome times around the fire and in the living room reflecting on life and our place in
Each trip has left its own unique signature upon me and this trip has been no different. This has been the smallest
group so far but the small group allowed us to be together for all activities and this facilitated great
conversation and openness in our ability to share our experiences with one another. We shared tears
together, asked “soul searching” questions, were humbled by the humility of the people, and laughed so
much our jaws ache.
As the lush green hills flash by, the excitement of heading south eleven days ago has given way to
sadness – yes even tears – as we head north. I have never looked forward to this leg of the journey on
any of my trips and I take great comfort in knowing that my sadness is being shared by eighteen other
incredibly awesome people. Each “Blessed to be a blessing”, having received far more than we gave.
Les Clarke – Group Leader