Be Available for Others – Duane Benson

 


We didn’t even know we had a room mate in our Guatemalan home until a day or two after we got there. We never saw her, until one night when she came through the door. “Oh! Hi”, Rebekah said a little taken back that someone was coming through the door. She would leave early in the morning before we got up and came home really late. She didn’t eat with the rest of us staying in the small homestay complex and they all called her “the ninja” because they knew of her but rarely ever saw her. Her name is Kandis. After we met her that night, things changed a little bit. When we would see her at night we would regularly have long conversations about life, dreams and aspirations, and Jesus. She was in Guatemala studying Spanish and getting her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. We connected pretty quick with Kandis and she invited us to join her one day as she was going to be volunteering at a local school that she had volunteered at previously. We jumped at the chance and I decided to grab my camera and capture the story of our day at CANI Guatemala. That same night she would be kind enough to sacrifice her night and spend it in the hospital with us serving as a translator between the doctor and us when Micah was in pain and showing symptoms of what looked like appendicitis. Thank God it turned out to not be appendicitis but we sure appreciated Kandis’ willingness to be available in such a nerve-wracking situation for us. We were pretty nervous about the whole ordeal with Micah. Being in a foreign country and looking at the possibility of appendicitis, not knowing the language well enough to really communicate our needs and desires, and I was scheduled to leave the country to head back home for work in a day and a half. We were a little nervous but Kandis made herself available to us, my little abuelita made herself available to us, and our school director made himself available to us and it all made a difference. If you really want to make a difference in someone’s life, be available to them. That will change everything!

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into a small part of our time in Guatemala.

 

Be Available for Others – Duane Benson

6 thoughts on “Be Available for Others – Duane Benson

  • July 15, 2016 at 7:56 am
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    Dear Benson Family,

    I am now following your blog. I have enjoyed your entries, but most of all your messages. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn and grow from your adventure.

    Many blessings to your entire family.!

    Rhonda Johnson (Helotes Principal)

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    • July 16, 2016 at 2:08 pm
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      Thank you so much Rhonda! Or… Mrs. Johnson…hard to get out of the habit. Thanks for joining the journey with us and thanks for being a great principal for the two younger boys. We look very fondly at their time at Helotes Elementary. I think you would be very proud of them. We’re only a month into the trip and they have grown and learned a ton already.

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  • July 17, 2016 at 9:57 am
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    Duane:
    I know two people that will be working with their team going to Guatemala to install clean burning stoves and water filters in remote villages. E-mail me for contact info.

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    • July 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm
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      You know someone that will be working with CANI? That’s awesome! Unfortunately our time in Guatemala has come to a close. Rebekah and the boys leave tomorrow morning and I meet them in Costa Rica on Tuesday. That would have be amazing to be a part of though!

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  • August 19, 2016 at 11:43 pm
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    Wow…. Such a perfect video to watch as I end my “busy” week. Always reminding me there’s so much more out there.

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    • August 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm
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      Thanks Dustin! You are so right! There is SO much more out there. I was just talking with a friend about that yesterday and those were my exact words too bro. There are just so many incredible things to do and see and be a part of. I hope we get the chance to hook up with you again man!

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