Going out of your way to introduce yourself to a neighbor on your street is one thing. Leaving the country and talking to someone new while they don’t have shoes nor eaten in 24 hours is something very different.
Your heart is wide open, vulnerable, insecurities exposed, and your life striped of all comforts. Missions trips. They stretch us to look beyond what we have on our agenda or our wish list and find that life is more than the next fad-based purchase or Starbucks tasty. Missions trips make us take a second look at what we have and how fortunate we are to have water, food, and clothing. They allow us to reexamine those simple things we can take for granted every day and give time and love to people who don’t have half of their needs met.
Our boys were able to come with us on a few missions trips to reach those that had great sorrow, hurt, and those that hadn’t met an eternal Savior. During these trips we encouraged them to reach past their comfort zones and reach into the lives of children and adults alike through drama and music. Through hugs, smiles, and sharing the love that God has for them, lives were changed for eternity.
Our lives are either a reflection of God or a black curtain blocking His light. We wanted our children to be seen as someone who would shine God’s love and strength on others, encouraging growth. Of course it doesn’t take a missions trip to be that light. It just takes us stepping out of what is comfortable to reach someone in need.