I had the privilege of working on a book launch. The book focused on Third Culture Kid issues. The phrase that repeated itself was "same, same but different.", which is apparently a common Thai phrase. the book is set in Thailand)
Same, same but different would adequately sum up my time with Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus. This was my first post-covid trip.
Same: The trip to the airport (with Zephaniah) on the bus was the same. It really was the first time in a year and a half I have ridden the bus. Of course the windows were wide open and our masks were on at all times. We met those that came in to the airport and rode the Kidz Konnect bus to Stann Creek.
Zephaniah and I both stayed at the camp. Zephaniah was there to spend 5 uninterrupted days with his good friend and fellow TCK Tucker. From what I understand they spent their days running and playing around the jungle. (Tucker's mom Candace threated them with schoolwork or household chores if they came inside, I think she's awesome!) I was so thankful that Zephaniah had this time. He's been trying to get together with Tucker like this for a long time.
Same: We held clinics for three days at 6 locations. We worked well as a team to pray, minister, and add " a little bit of medicine"
but different: obviously masked in 90 degree weather, reduced patients and using a device to call a doctor in the US is different. We were mostly doing medication refills. The people from Jesus Deaf church didn't come, instead I obtained their medications and did assessments from their homes.
It was such a blessing to be able to bring needed medication and care to our community. Although this was "different" it was the same in the level of care and attitude placed into the work.
Thanks Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus for another "best trip ever!"