My wish, indeed my continuing passion, would be not to point the finger in judgment but to part a curtain, that invisible shadow that falls between people, the veil of indifference to each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s human plight.
One week from Monday, I leave on my trip to Glendora, MS. Glendora is a small town along the Mississippi Delta Region struggling under extreme poverty.
There will be a group of approximately 15 of us who will serve on one of four teams:
We will be staying at the Sonny Boy Williamson B&B. The official website of Glendora describes the B&B:
"The “Sonny Boy” Williamson Memorial Bed and Breakfast is Glendora ‘s tribute to its own native son and legendary blues harmonica player. This Bed and Breakfast, as well as the Blues & Cyber Café it will soon contain, feature memorabilia associated with the life and music of this internationally acclaimed Blues music master."
Amongst my traveling companions are:
As I think about going on this trip, and the types of conversations we'll have (each day concludes with a facilitated conversation by the Partners In Development Folks), I reflect on the paradox of large and small. I imagine my world views and perspective getting so much larger-- rich with insights gleaned from the work; the community interactions, my traveling companions, and the PID staff.
In the same vein, I think about my world becoming smaller... in that the distance between those who live in very different geographic and economic areas and myself will decrease, and I'm sure I will learn that we have more in common than I may have previously imagined. I look forward to sharing that with you.
You can read more about Glendora and PID at the following link.