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Difficulties of a Mission Trip

1 Jul

So you are all expecting me to say that this was an amazing trip but for me, but it was not amazing. I faced struggles and battles that I thought wouldn’t be possible for a mission trip.

To let you in on what’s going on. So for a while now I have been going through a spiritual battle. I’ve been questioning if God is real or if He cares about me or if I am even worthy of His love? Through this battle I have been trying to keep it to myself and by doing that I have been struggling with annoyance, hatred and many different things. Before the trip I asked God to show me what to do and what He wants for me on the trip. So I was going through this past week on this trip and was just not myself. I  felt it too. I really needed to do something about it, so I prayed to God to show me what he wanted me to learn and how he wanted me to grow on this trip…

One evening we were having dinner with the church leaders and I sat down with the pastor and his wife. I really saw his love and care for the community and I learned that he does this full time job as pastor for voluntary work. This really made me think again about how I wanted to become a pastor. This really inspires me to become a pastor even more now. The past year or so I threw this idea out because of finances, but now after watching this pastor choose to live in poverty because he wants to lead this church, tt really makes the financial obligation obsolete, because if God can provide for this guy and watch over him by following God then God will provide for me and watch over me when I follow Him.

God really answered my prayers within a couple of hours. This really washed ways all my doubts that I had against God. I know now that God is real and He loves and cares for me. I know that I will struggle and fall but now I know that God is watching over me and loves me. I just need to be sold out for God as much as possible. For me to be sold out for God I will need to change some things in my life. Some of those things are increase my spiritual disciplines, better the people that I surround myself with, better the way that I act around people and I want to better my health so I can be strong in the Lord then getting sick all the time.

So as one body under Christ I would like you the body to keep me accountable, but again I know that slip up here and there but I will try to not use this as an excuse, but I am so thankful for being able to let you into a little part of my trip and I hope it really touches some people’s hearts. I love you all!!! Thanks for reading.

 

-Tyler Rosu

 

Expectations

4 Aug

By Julia Jones

The last few weeks I have often found myself imagining the situations our group will be in. I’ve imagined walking into mud huts and meeting families whose stories will blow my mind. I’ve imagined seeing the tears in my friend’s eyes as we see children living out in the streets. I see in my mind the joyful smiles that mothers will give us as we leave the CSP project (Child Survival Program). I’ve imagined a cozy air-conditioned room with hot water and no bugs, I’ve thought about beautiful weather with children playing out in the sun. And I’ve even thought of lessons that God might teach me through this trip.

I’ve imagined and created all of these wonderful stories and situations that we could be in. But no matter how much I would like it to, this trip will NOT follow my expectations.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

God’s plan is SO much greater than my expectations. In reality all of my expectations could be completely let down. And if I maintain these expectations, this trip could be lost to me. If I only look for my expectations to be fulfilled, I could miss the truly amazing things that God has planned for me on this trip. Especially if I expect God to teach me specific lessons.

We will be staying in a large room with bunk beds and mosquito nets, it will not be air-conditioned, and there will be no hot water. There are lots of bugs. The weather report says scattered thunderstorms everyday, with low 90’s and 100% humidity. And if you haven’t been looking up the weather for the Caribbean area, there is a tropical storm blowing right through Haiti and parts of the Dominican Republic. Already most of my expectations have been dashed upon a rock, and we haven’t even left yet. But I need to remind myself that this is God’s plan. With no doubt, this trip will be exactly what God wants it to be. Please be praying that God’s will be done on this trip, pray that we will learn the lessons God has for us, and we will grow spiritually, and pray for the islands that are being hit by tropical storm Emily.