Ten Things I’ve Learned Somewhere Between the USA, Chad, and Iraq

1. People can rebuild from horrible suffering and maintain their humanity—and sense of humor.

2. You show you care, you earn trust, then you can push them as hard as is needed, and they respond.

3. Just because you call someone a “driver” doesn’t mean he should be allowed anywhere near a car, much less a bus full of VIPs!

4. Sometimes the hero of the story really does looks and act the part.

5. Adam is the real deal.

6. Nothing like having with you someone that has your back and you completely trust, especially when traveling through Chad and Iraq. Oh, and it helps if he’s tireless.

7. When a mother tells you to take care of her son as if he was your own, it’s an “Oh, s__t!” moment.

8. It is powerful to see courage that is quiet, humble, and driven.

9. Growing up in Mexico, some believed that there existed people with the divine given or magical power to heal with touch. I didn’t believe. Now I do.

10. Joy.

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