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One The Cover: Role Model

EMMA VOIGT IS A 15-YEAR-OLD 10TH GRADE student at Pedro Menendez High School who lives in St. Augustine. She appeared on the cover of Issue 3 of SAM. Her photo shoot was held just two days before her mission trip to Guatemala.

 

Here is her experience: "I learned of a non-profit organization called Hearts In Motion where they send doctors over to Guatemala to do work on the people who live there. Through them, they created another non-profit organization called Sports in Motion, where they send young athletes over to help build soccer fields and teach and play soccer with the kids of Guatemala.

 

I went for 10 days in July and had the most amazing experience I could ever ask for. I worked in the nutrition center and played with the babies and kids. It’s also an orphanage where kids live when their families can’t take care of them. I personally fell in love with a two-year-old girl named Gladis. I texted my mom nightly to ask if we could please adopt her, and leaving her left me in tears. I still cry thinking about her.

 

They weigh their blessings so differently than the kids and families in America do. They will have one piece of food and split it into 10 different portions, and for that, they feel blessed.

 

It was a trip of a lifetime, and it will humble you and cause you to appreciate everyday things we all take for granted. What makes our generation happy and fulfilled here is not what brings them joy. They feel blessed just to have food in their mouths and good health.

 

I plan to go back next July. I’m hoping to see Gladis again and continue mission trips and doing God’s work. For me, I discovered my blessings were to be there, to change lives, to make an impact. I’m forever changed and a better person for those kids over there. They touched my life more than they will ever know.

 

The mission of Hearts In Motion is to provide care and medical treatment for children, families, and communities through its programs and sponsorships in the U.S., and Central and South America. An additional goal is to provide opportunities for individuals to participate in short-term mission experiences. The impact of the trip experience on each team member is at least as great as the impact on the lives of the people we touch. Many lives are changed.

 

Hearts In Motion works to complement resources already in place while respecting the culture of those whose lives it touches. Hearts In Motion accomplishes this with compassionate volunteers who unite their efforts and talents. For more information: heartsinmotion.org | (219) 924-3668

 

Crown of Smilax-Vine with one David Austine Garden Rose by 57 Treasury, St. Augustine, FL

 

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Hair and makeup by Nancy Repp and Michelle Damon

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Cindy Marshall

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