I have for many years have believed that the opposite of love is hate. This trip has changed my thinking. I now believe that the opposite of love is fear.

One of the members on the Salem team was randomly attacked at night in the market square during a local festival in Patzicia. News of the assault was shared the next morning during the daily team meeting. Not only was our member assaulted. It was an assault on the perception of safety the team felt. Adjustments were made to rules of conduct the group lived under.

With the assault came a choice. Each member of the team had to choose. We could choose to love or we could choose to fear. If we chose love, the work we were doing would continue. If we chose fear, our effectiveness was greatly inhibited.

To love is to be vulnerable. Fear separates, love embraces. I John 4:18

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