Winston Churchill once said, “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This is the heartbeat of why we created our MC Gives Back initiative, and we’re really experiencing this firsthand this week. For some, this week has been life shaping. It’s helped us focus in on important things, and appreciate all that we have.
Today was another day full of sweat and fun. Some of the team ran hundreds of feet of CAT5 network cables between computers at one of the high schools. Others painted the new computer room at the other high school, and upgraded and relocated each of the computers to their new location. But we all gave back in some way and lived a day that was not about ourselves, but rather about serving our new friends in Cambodia – and it was a good day.
The Cambodian Young Life leader, Pyneath, told our group today that students commented to him Monday after we finished teaching English class that he invited “giants” to spend the week with them. And we have been gathering quite a crowd at the high school while working hard moving, cleaning, and painting. Apparently, the locals are intrigued by a group from the United States who actually works so hard. We’re taking the comment in stride and considering it as a compliment
Our day finished with small group dinners at several of the students’ homes. These were very eye opening experiences, including canoe-only access to some of the rural homes due to recent area flooding. The food and hospitality were very authentic, and a great example of them giving back to us.
Thursday will be our final day of onsite work. If all goes according to plan, we’ll have networked nearly 100 computers at five locations, and have a brand new freshly painted computer classroom. This experience has certainly helped us all reinforce the idea that it’s better to give than receive. We hope it affects us and our new friends in a positive way for many years to come.