Greetings from the end of a year and the beginning of one anew. In silent preparation for the near departure of this journey of peace; doubt has vanished with the embrace of certainty to remain as the sun to a moment where darkness once reigned. It will be very soon that our team shall be standing with our brothers and sisters from a distant community; similar to our own communities yet different just the same. I am appreciative of this opportunity to embrace an experience such as this which shall ripple through the corridors of memory and may possibly one day build a new history. The saga of modern civilization has been an extremely polemical contrast for the different classes of citizens yet all share the same humanity. In taking part of this vital work it is my hope that we all through the courage of facing adversity for the sake of humanity come to understand ourselves and the world around us with a renewed perspective.