I traveled to Brussels, Belgium to meet with Youth Compass volunteers and thought I’d document my trip in photos.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from the meeting itself or the wonderful dinner prepared by some North Carolinian members of the YC Board. I’m grateful for dedicated adults that want to help reach the international teens in their communities. I’m also thankful for a great host, a place to sleep (on the battlefield where Napoleon was defeated) and my new friend Steven from Sri Lanka.
The picture above is my favorite. As soon as I took this picture I was approached by a young woman and her son and asked (in French) if this was the train to Brussels Midi (Main Station). I said yes (in English) and I asked her where she was from. She was from Romania and I told her I would be in Romania in April and that it was a beautiful country. We continued to talk. She had only been in Brussels for about a year; her husband is a software developer. She was headed into the city to see a doctor (I think a psychiatrist) because her 4-year-old son was having a hard time adjusting to a new culture. My heart just about exploded — an incredible reminder that TCKs need support no matter the age. We talked just a little longer and were split up as we boarded the train. I smiled and waved as I departed at Brussels Midi and prayed for her and her son the entire trip back.