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As the days and weeks pass by and I come to know the students of the language school better, I realize more and more how insecure, fearful, and often lonely many of us are. Not only do we continue to hope for mail from “home,” but we also continue to be submerged by the powers around us. At home we at least had our own niche in life, our own little place where we could feel useful and admired. Here none of that is present. Here we are in a world that did not invite us, in which we can hardly express ourselves and which constantly reminds us of our powerlessness. And still, we know that we are sent here, that God wants us here, and that it is here that we have to work out our salvation. From Gracias! A Latin American Journal by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1983) p. 43

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