"A lot of destroyed buildings, a lot of new buildings coming up, you see a mix of life, you see this country is actually going through something," he says. That something drives Aynte to keep pushing into his purpose. "I'm reminded how privileged I am and the extremely difficult work to be done," he said. Aynte's privilege was partly born in Minnesota. He lived and worked in the Twin Cities, and still has deep connections here. But he also remembers the heydays of the land that shaped him.