I need to tell you how much I now love the combination of Facebook and SpanishDist.com. While I was in Guatemala, I gained a friend in Mama Carol. Carol is a beautiful young mother who works as one of the Special Mothers at Dorie's Promise. Although we didn't speak the same language, Nayeli was able to translate for us. We shared about our children and I just felt a connection to her. I was drawn to her as a friend and someone who I believe I share a true bond with.
As she lives in Guatemala, I was completely surprised when she friended me on Facebook a few months ago. Even more to my surprise, this evening she started a chat with me in English. A few exchanges in, she didn't understand what I had typed. Quickly, I googled a translation site so that we could continue our conversation. We were able to have a wonderful conversation because I could translate my thoughts into Spanish. Most importantly, she knows that I think of her family often and pray for them.
I can't wait to go back and see her. Maybe on the next trip we will be able to be to speak the same language!