This year I will turn 26 years old, but I'm not the only one having a birthday. A.H.M.E.N. is turning thirteen! As of this year, I will have spent exactly half my life working with the Alabama Honduras Medical and Educational Network. It has been truly amazing to see A.H.M.E.N. grow from a single, ten-person team of curious volunteers to over a dozen teams of committed missionaries.
Many people have volunteered one time, three times, or even the last ten years of their lives and are the bread and mayonnaise for A.H.M.E.N. However, the tomato slices making that sandwich what it is are the dedicated missionaries supporting A.H.M.E.N. 24/7 trying to make it work better for the people of Honduras. Neither of these ingredients are at their best without the other, and after thirteen years I can truly say what gives A.H.M.E.N. so much potential as an international, interfaith-based project is its network of one-time, yearly, quarterly, and daily missionaries.
It is as apparent as the destitution we saw in Limon that first time to say everyone has their own reasons for seeking social and economic justice as a reality in Honduras. I only know mine. The reason I have continued to make my life a part of A.H.M.E.N. for so long, when interests like playing soccer and training to be a space ranger flew by the wayside, is because A.H.M.E.N. is not about me. We work in Honduras, plan fundraisers for and involve our neighbors in A.H.M.E.N. because it is how we believe a world community should function. Our relief and development efforts reciprocate a deep unity to humankind. We work to eliminate poverty, disease, and malnutrition in Honduras because there is no reason to do otherwise.
Serving with volunteers and missionaries from around the planet to help make it a healthier and more sustainable place to live is the goal. Everyone has a role in making it happen. Everybody's ideas are integral to empowering the Honduran people, and A.H.M.E.N. wants to hear them! Join us for an investment truly worth time and energy. In the words of Saint Teresa of Avila, “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours.”