What I’ve Learned from my Amigos de Jesús Family

By Alexa D’Ambrosio

Amigos de Jesús family member and benefactor

Enjoying time with these fun-loving siblings during one of Alexa’s visit to Amigos de Jesús in Honduras.

Enjoying time with these fun-loving siblings during one of Alexa’s visit to Amigos de Jesús in Honduras.

Amigos has affected my life in more ways than I can count.  From each individual moment with the children I have learned something new. Once I was playing soccer with Daniela* - bearing in mind that I am a terrible soccer player. I was laughing and apologizing, feeling bad that I couldn’t keep up. Daniela* said to me, “All that matters is you are having fun.” I realized that I was having fun, and I could not have been any happier even if I was the best soccer player in the world.

I have also learned to live completely in the moment. Whether sitting with Maria* as she shares her music or seeing Ariana’s* radiant smile, I have learned how to be vulnerable, optimistic, and resilient. I learned of Amigos from my grandfather who always wanted to visit and passed away before he had the chance. I know he would have loved Amigos, and when I am there I feel his presence.

Hanging out with the kids in Philadelphia at the Broadway Sings event this past fall!

Hanging out with the kids in Philadelphia at the Broadway Sings event this past fall!

When I am in the prayer circle, I am reminded that the children have magic. On a personal level, I will never forget when the children prayed for my mom when she was going through cancer treatment. When Calvin* found out she was in remission, he said, "the children have magic." I thought, "yes they do". The children have given me far more than I can ever return, and I am so grateful to call Amigos my family.

 

*Names changed to protect privacy