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Love Breaks Barriers

Guest Blogger: Farrah Bhimani

My father, Aziz, isn’t a Christian, but he is a man of faith. As a man of faith, he raised my sister and I to have a love for service in our hearts. He led by example: volunteering at local nursing homes, teaching free computer science classes to anyone who was interested in learning, donating food and clothes to charities. The list goes on. This wasn’t just a crafty parenting technique. He genuinely fills his life with that which gives him joy: family, faith, service, and traveling. Everything else takes a backseat.

Twelve years ago, his employer presented him with the opportunity to combine three of his joys. He and a few colleagues went on a company trip to Nicaragua where they worked alongside Amigos to build a school and cafeteria for children. Eight days later, he returned invigorated.

What followed was inevitable: a three hour long recap of his experience (with accompanying photos) to his 15- and 21-year-old daughters. My sister and I were astonished to see our non-Christian father so impassioned about an organization called Amigos for Christ.

Dad, ever the optimist, campaigned with his company to allow us to join him in Nicaragua in the future, but he was denied. So he reached out to John Bland for guidance, and John introduced him to an Austin church that he visited annually. My dad returned to Nicaragua with the Austin group. Eventually my sister tagged along on his annual trip, as did her (now) husband and some extended family.

I was the last to join. My first trip with Amigos was after I graduated from college. The experience with Amigos was enthralling, so I signed up to return with my dad the following year… and the year after that… and the year after that.

Our visits to Nicaragua have strengthened us individually and as a family. Together we’ve worked to provide fresh water to multiple communities, establish schools, build modern bathrooms, design and construct a computer lab, and many more projects through Amigos. We’ve gained even more in return. We were able to work alongside Nicaraguans and see the results of our joined efforts. We were reminded that the world is much bigger than we think, and that there’s work to be done. We were able to exemplify how love breaks barriers, and how faith connects us to each other. 


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