The Human Backpack
By Trips Manager Stephanie Mutert
There is a certain posture at Desire that has become known to visitors as the ‘human backpack.’ It’s not a surprise that Pastor Jeannot’s kids love to be held, and once they reach a certain age there is a shift from front to back . . . backpack style. Yet when challenged with multiple kids that want attention, visitors feel the necessity to get creative in answering the needs of all their new friends. Leading to the newest accessory in Desire: the human hat.
The perfect combination to the ‘human backpack,’ this generous physical commitment by new friends does not go unnoticed by Pastor Jeannot’s kids. They happily hold on and adamantly refuse anyone who wants to usurp their ‘hat’ status. As the kids grow older, it doesn’t change their desire to feel that affection. This simple action to carry a child through language barrier, cultural differences and life circumstance will always come right back to how we are created by God to be a part of community and ache to feel love. Kids are kids no matter where you are in the world, and one of the greatest honors is being used by God in their lives, even if for a moment.
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