Happy Holidays

We hope everyone has been enjoying a great holiday season. We have, but we’re back now researching , making travel plans and preparing for the next trip.

When we were in San Diego, we had the chance to take part in a special Christmas project: writing letters to troops stationed in Afghanistan to go along with a Christmas care package.

We wanted to extend our wishes of peace to all– the soldiers, the citizens of Afghanistan, Americans and non-Americans. For me, the most  important part of Christmas is the message of Jesus–love and compassion.  “Love your neighbor” means everyone.

It was a hard letter to write. Really hard. What do you say? We’ve never met these Soldiers before, we don’t know anything about them. As Frankie said in  the video, we don’t know what age they are. Just their first names. It really made us think about the soldiers and how much they sacrifice in a time when everyone should be with their families. But the soldiers are not the only ones who have sacrificed; the people of Afghanistan have suffered for 7 years during this war.

We have a saying on the team when someone is struggling with the extensive travel or long days: Stop Whining. We would do well to remember the troops in Afghanistan and people suffering all over the world-in Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Israel and on and on–when we are tired or grumpy on the road.

Here’s a video from San Diego when we were writing the letters.

Jonathan Hayden

One response to “Happy Holidays

  1. Its pretty inspiring that you guys are able to fit projects like this into your hectic schedule. While a lot of the work that you are doing is quite significant on a larger scale, I found this post and video to be particularly moving…small ways of making someone’s holiday better. Its good work you all are doing.

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