Don from Minnesota learned about the work we are doing here in Mexico City after happening on the FCF website, and offered to buy Christmas presents for the children of the orphanage we assist. After communicating more at-length, Project Manager Cindy Thomson shared our primary need with Don, a new van for the mission. Don then agreed to purchase the vehicle as well. Here is the rest of the story from Cindy.
"I flew up to the border to rendezvous with Don in McAllen, Texas where he had a Dodge 15-passenger van lined up to buy. The vehicle had only 29,000 miles on it and was in mint condition, still having the new car smell and look.
"After purchasing the van, Don and I went shopping and proceeded to fill it with Christmas gifts. We then drove down to Mexico City, where Don spent 5 days with us. During his stay Don went to Coyoacan with our youth outreach team where he witnessed our Christmas performances. He also participated in our orphanage assistance program, spent Christmas day with the orphans and generally saw us in action. He said he was very impressed with our work and that he likes the way we think and operate.
______The irony is that living a life focused on the pursuit of significance is so much more gratifying than one devoted to the treadmill of success. Whatever sacrifices are involved tend to enlarge rather than diminish personal satisfaction.... Quite simply, it feels good--really, really good--to be valued and valuable.
______So, people who pursue significance are concerned with making the most out of their lives. They help others not only for the sake of those they help but for their own sake. When we use our mental and material resources to make a positive difference in the lives of others, we are rewarded with a sense of satisfaction that's hard to get any other way. Success can produce pleasure, but only significance can generate fulfillment. --Michael Josephson, of Character Counts
______I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. --Stephen Grellet (1173-1885)