|josue riding the big one!|
along with some friends in town, we took the boys ziplining at "finca filadelfia". like i mentioned before, a very high-end coffee plantation resort in antigua. we had a blast!!
it was incredible watching the excitement on their faces as they raced through the mountains. i set off on one of the first groups, so i was pretty far ahead from the majority of the team. at one point, i was standing on a platform and i stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the sounds. all over the mountain, i could hear the screaming and laughter of all of the boys. such a sweet sound...
but my favorite part of the day happened at an unexpected moment. as we prepared for the longest line of the day (only the varsity boys were allowed because you had to meet the weight requirements), something special happened. josue was having second thoughts. he and a few others had climbed down from the platform and were standing below us in the forest. i could hear him saying "i dont think i'm going to do it. its too far. i can't do it."
then i heard alex respond, "come on man, we are Rhinos, we can do anything together! we are Rhinos man! we are Rhinos!"
i've been thinking about it ever since...
on the gym wall of the academy there is a giant rhino logo. below it, it reads: "Together Everything is Possible". this simple example with alex and josue is an encouragement to me that they are starting to get it. they are unifying. encouraging each other, there for one another.
"being a Rhino" means something to them.
the future is bright. together, in Christ, they will change this place.
and the best part is that josue did the zipline - that's him pictured above!