It is October 8, 2018, day 16. I am writing a bit each day about my thoughts, motivations, ideas and dreams. I didn’t write the past couple of days, mainly because I was pooped from a busy weekend. As you read here, I spent the weekend on both sides of the US/Mexico border learning about immigration, DACA, Dreamers and the separation of families. It was heartbreaking, refreshing, exhausting and life giving.

The Global Immersion Project is a non profit that works to bring understanding  about conflict, and give stories, statistics and ways to bring peace or at least start the peace process in the midst of conflict. They aim to immerse people in the middle of conflict, guide us to contend with those sitting in conflict and bring restoration, which is a long, complicated, messy process.

I learned so much this past weekend, form so many people on both sides of the wall. I learned from the beautiful people who were on the trip, from deportees, women who are living in the USA without status and missionaries, It was a true gift.

This was the first time that I have been a part of a trip in the past 23 years that I didn’t have to lead. I just got to show up, learn, process, and respond. I didn’t have to give out money, sort transportation, keep a budget or lead a debrief time, I could get used to that, haha.

To end, here are a few resources that provide more information about what I mean when I talk about immigration, peace making and conflict:

  1. Mending the Divides: Creating Love in a Conflicted World. By Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart.
  2. Enriques Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother. By Sonia N.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in Canada, and the rest of us, have a great Monday.

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