Six months ago, I had the opportunity to go to Honduras for a medical mission trip, and this week I am going back! It's hard to describe a trip just after you've returned without overwhelming a listener, but this story has shaped my inspiration over the last few months and is definitely worth sharing.
One afternoon, after a particularly difficult morning, I went to wash my hands in the crowded storage closet that served as a bathroom. When I arrived, there were several nurses in the closet. In what little Spanish I know, I told one of the nurses that I liked the turquoise bow in her hair. The next thing I knew, she was taking the bow out of her hair and putting it in mine. When I gently tried to refuse her kind offer, she wouldn't take the colorful bow back. So, in return, I gave her my CTWF rings. She (I think) said she loved them and complimented my bow. The nurses made their way back into the crowded hallway and I never saw them again.
The next day I wore my turquoise bow proudly. I am not one to wear a bow, let alone a colorful one, but I was so proud of it because a stranger gave it to me and made me feel truly special. As we arrived at the cancer ward that day, I stayed in the waiting room and began reading through a book about Jonah. As I did, a precious nine year old girl excitedly took the book out of my hands and finished reading it for the rest of the children. After she finished, she noticed the bow in my hair and I removed the bow and put it in hers. She had a head full of hair unlike some of the other patients and I didn't know whether she had just begun treatment or if she had already been through chemo and had been coming to the center for years. The little girl grabbed my hand and led me around the room, giggling, clearly proud of her bow. We finally arrived at a hanging cross with a Spanish Bible at the base. She picked it up and put it in my lap. I showed her Psalm 23 and told her it was my favorite verse. After reading it out loud, she flipped to Psalm 91 and plopped the Bible right back in my lap. I had no idea what I was reading to her, but I was glad to share that moment with her. I asked her how long she had been going to the cancer treatment center. It was a bittersweet revelation to find she had been getting treatment for 3 years and was now in remission. Once she finished her sentence, she kissed me on the cheek and smiled all the way back to her mom.
Later that evening, I read Psalm 91 for the first time in English, "...A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you...If you say, 'The Lord is my refuge,' and you make the Most High your dwelling no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone...'Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.'
It struck me that had that nurse not shared something special with me on that day, I would not have been able to spread that blessing to someone else. Many of our customers have expressed a desire to give and help share this same kind of encouragement. With this in mind, I will be taking a handful of "The Wldflwr" necklaces with me, as well as a card with words of encouragement written in Spanish and English for the women receiving them to understand the gift for what it is, a simple piece to lift their day and help them go on serving and encouraging others.
We sold "The Wldflwr" necklace as a one-for-one product at our recent pop ups and want to thank you so much for all for your continuous contributions.
Written by: Emily Howard / Owner of Wldflwr.ink LLC
Edited by: Elizabeth Mansfield