Hope for Change International


Another Goodbye
Jan 25, 2010
By: pgrimsland

Today on my final day here in the Philippines I will spend it as I usually do on my last day and try to say goodbye to everyone.  This is always the most difficult part of traveling…..mahirap talaga!  Not only am I saying goodbye to friends I’ve had for the last 20 years, but each time I come there are new friends and relationships that have been established.  The good news is I know I will be coming back.  I have had people say to me, “I could never do what you do, I couldn’t go there”.  I know that’s true for a lot of people.  The fact is, it is difficult here, especially for us in the west.  The weather, food, culture……so much is different.  I have faced some situations here and thought to myself that I wouldn’t be able to handle it.  I’ve seen the pain and suffering that poverty brings, but there is a grace that goes beyond ourselves when we reach out to others.  My life has been so enriched from traveling here.  I have received much more than I will ever be able to give.  The love and hospitality shown to me here can never be measured.  That’s why I will continue to come here as long as I am able, to me what I give is so little compared to what I receive.  Can I challenge you to join us in bringing hope AND change to those in need……






Date: 25 Jan, 2010

Paul... ..Here is a little bit of Dylan to sail along with you on the way home. May you grow up to be righteous May you grow up to be true May you always know the truth And see the lights surrounding you May you always be courageous Stand upright and be strong May you stay forever young Forever young, forever young May you stay forever young. ~ Will