So this post will give you a little intro to each member of the team here in Colombia. It's not the whole Give Us Names team (thankfully), so look for a future post introducing the rest of us. Here goes.
Zack Mellette- A light once flickered brightly in the distance. As I slowly moved towards the light, it grew farther and farther away. there were times when I thought the light had vanished completely, but it was merely hidden behind some other object. While following the light, there were times of despair and heartache, but also of excitement and vigor. I have now taken a leap towards the light and realize that its home is in Colombia. I am not sure if I will ever reach the light, but I am here chasing it now with all of my heart.
Michael Christmas- If there is anything from Zack's words that I can also cavalier, it is that there have most certainly been times of heartache and times of excitement. One thing remains constant, there is a story in the works and if it is to be worth anything, there will be a lot more excitement and a lot more heartache. On a lighter note, I am happy to be living and working with people who believe in the power of story. I guess that wasn't that light of a note. On an actual light note, I haven't shaved in about two months and don't intend on doing so for some time. The benefits of looking homeless in a developing country are invaluable.
Caleb Collier- All I have are my words. I wish that I could give you more. But in all reality, there is nothing greater. We've come to Colombia in search of words. We wish to give names to the nameless, voices to the silenced, hope to the discouraged, justice to the oppressed, and good news to all. We do so with words. The words of our mouths, of our eyes, of our hands. The words of our laughter and tears. The words of our politics and our finances. I am here to tell a story. And so are you. All we need are the words.
Owen Carroll- I'm 6'1", and my driver's license says 155 lbs., but if I'm being honest I've put on a few more since I filled out that form. I like to think my life is made up of a bunch of little adventures that build on each other to prepare me for the next, which if things go as planned will always be a little bigger than the last. That's definitely the case with this one, my biggest yet. I think the grandeur of this, and any adventure, is directly related to one's vulnerability. That's why this one is so big. The path is not laid, but I continue walking. Hoping and knowing that with this team, we'll get that next stone in place before my foot hits the ground.