What Do You Love About Houston?
This past trimester has certainly had its trials and frustrations. It seemed that with each topic I attempted I would end up feeling unsatisfied with the results. Then I had a conversation with one of my coworkers, and he asked me a question. “What do you love about Houston?”
One of the main things I love about Houston is my neighborhood. It is here where I have seen the generosity of strangers and the kindness of families as they welcome us in as one of their own. I am learning in greater ways what it means to live in intentional community and gaining a better understanding of how to live life as Jesus did by watching those around me. From the outside looking in, I may be living in an area that is considered dangerous, but when I look around that is not what I see. When I walk through my neighborhood I see people who look out for one another. Neighbors who rescue packages for others when the rains come. I see those who may appear to have less freely give out of love and compassion seeking nothing in return.
The other thing I love about Houston is the diversity. In my church alone we have people from India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Korea – there are African Americans, and Caucasians. It is so awesome to be able to come together with such a diverse group of people and unite together in the love we share for God. It has been great to have the opportunity to build relationships with people of differing nationalities and cultures in our small group setting as well.
In short, what I love most about Houston are the relationships that are being built. I love living in community with my housemates and building relationships in my community. While there may be days when I would like there to be a little less community, I am realizing more and more how important those relationships are and that in the end it is what really makes all the difference.
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Carrie Hartzler is a current Mission Year Houston team member. Originally from Orrville, OH, she attended Malone University. Learn more by visiting her donation page.