Field Note #127: Planting Eternal Seeds


 

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help those who are less fortunate and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35).

Many people ask me why I do the things I do for others. If I am going to be honest, I ask myself the same question. I believe that our time in Nepal went beyond just working hard and digging. What makes all of this hard work worth it is the relationships that were built and the self-reflection that was made.

Through Wine To Water, I have learned to have a servant's heart and that it is more rewarding to give than to receive. Serving, for me, means planting trees that will one day create shade that I will never get to sit under. As John Bunyan states, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”  

I have so much love for new experiences and for people. When we leave this world you won’t be able to take anything with you except the memories you have made, the people you meet, the cultures you discover and the beautiful sights you see. These are things that no one can ever take away from you.

Wine To Water and this Nepal trip have helped me dig deep (figuratively and literally) to find my true passion and dreams for myself, as well as for others. Many people think that we go into a village to help "poor" people, but in reality, these special people helped me more than I could ever help them. They live such a simple lifestyle that is led by compassion, community and love. In America, that is something we do not have luxury of, so who really is the "poor" one?

As long as I live, I will continue to serve others and learn from them as much as I can. I am forever thankful for this experience through Wine To Water. This organization has planted a seed in me that continues to grow and bear fruit. In return, I hope to plant seeds in others. I can wrap all this up into one simple phrase: "The tree of life" -imparting eternal fruit. 

 

- Alfredo