“You’ll be happy to hear that I’m still vegan and I don’t have any plans to change this for the rest of my life… Making the transition was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I hope I can inspire people along my journey the same way you inspired me when I visited you back in January.”
So wrote David Kepler, one of our visitors from back in January, who wrote a touching entry in our guestbook when he left, then recently followed up with a glowing review on the website GreatNonProfits.org:
“At the beginning of 2020 I decided to step into the world of Gentle World. A truly unique experience which finally convinced me to go vegan. Thanks to the people at this welcoming and warm place I learned not only more about compassion, hospitality and a healthy diet but also about an alternative lifestyle which is worth striving for.
It was a real pleasure helping them with their garden work and food preparation while seeing life beyond all the touristy temptations on Hawai’i. For all that I’m truly grateful, and I hope many more people will have the chance to see this beautiful place for themselves and learn what respect, compassion, and mindfulness really mean.”
As we told David in our response, when we hear from our visitors that they’ve embraced the vegan way of life and are using what they learned with us to help spread the vegan message, it always serves as a heartwarming reminder–not only of why we do what we do, but also of how each person who walks the world carrying the message of veganism becomes a lantern through which the light of justice can shine onto the lives of others.
We’re sincerely grateful to every single person who has entered our world and gone on to welcome veganism into their own lives. With that one shift in perception, we become family.