Saturday, January 16, 2010

R.T. Is My Hero

Wednesday evening I had the great pleasure to hear a young lady speak about how she spent this past summer. While her fellow class mates travelled to exotic locations or worked, R.T. spent two months caring for thirty of the world's poorest orphans while volunteering in South Africa. For eight to ten hours a day she feed, cleaned, and shined a little light into the lives of these kids!

As you might expect, the orphanage was not in the best of neighborhoods so personal security was always on the minds of the volunteers. R.T. told us the following story: "One day I called my parents and expressed my concerns about the security issues. As I ended the call, it occurred to me that I must have freaked them out. At that moment it hit me how lucky I was to have a family who loved and cared about me while the orphans had neither."

I believe that as long as there are people like R.T., there will always be someone who loves and cares for those little kids! So in honor of this, I have named R.T. my personal hero.

7 comments:

Shelby said...

That is a beautiful thing.

Steve Skinner said...

Shelby, I agree. She is in here final year of nursing school and is considering returning to South Africa in the future.

montestevens said...

I agree, as long as we have people who live life as R.T. we can have hope in the world. I also find people like her which brings hope in my corner of the world.

montestevens said...

I agree, as long as we have people who live life as R.T. we can have hope in the world. I also find people like her which brings hope in my corner of the world.

Steve Skinner said...

Monte, you know that it's so great when a young person looks outside of themself and sees the needs of others.

Pamela said...

your blog looks different??

I saw on the news a young woman from our neck of the woods who was in Haiti volunteering for an orphange. She won't be coming home... not even to be buried. Rest in peace...

Hope that other young lady live long - and stays safe!

Steve Skinner said...

Pamela, that was a very sad story about the yound lady from Portland who was lost during the quake.