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A Voice for the Voiceless

In the summer of 2008, I went to El Salvador with 18 other high school students in an effort to make a difference. We never thought that the people we met would help us more than we helped them.

Madeline Bok

on 6 May 2010

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Transcript of A Voice for the Voiceless

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of... the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete... the Kingdom always lies beyond us. We are statement says all that could be said. prayer fully expresses our faith. confession brings perfection. pastoral visit brings wholeness. program accomplishes the church's mission. set of goals and objectives include everything... No No No No

No No ...This is what we are all about On this altar Oscar Romero offered his life to God for his people. we plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way... ...an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest. In the summer of 2008, I went on a service trip to El Salvador with my high school. Oppression and murder have consumed the country since a military coup in 1931, but the villages are most confined by devastating poverty. Inspired by Fr. Oscar Romero, a Jesuit who gave his life to be "a voice for the voiceless", we hoped to change the lives of the beautiful people we met. Instead, they changed ours. This is their story, narrated by Romero's prayer called, "A Future Not Our Own." We may never see the end results. liberation in realizing that. but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker We are prophets of a future not our own. not master builders, ministers, not messiahs We are workers
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