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humbling

family

intentional

glorious

refreshing

heart-changing

incredible

life-changing

fantastic

amazing

rejuvenating

inspiring

eye-opening

fun

guiding

So many different thoughts about the same experience.  If you’ve ever been on a mission trip you know how challenging it is to return home and attempt to explain what happened there.  Unlike Vegas, what happens on a mission trip is meant to be shared.

The list of words above were mentioned during the week of our mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico with Back2Back Ministries.  Twenty-four students and adults took a leap of faith traveling to a foreign country not really knowing what they would be doing or eating and all without hairdryers and cell phones.  They relinquished control of their day-to-day activities for a week to not just a ministry organization, but to a God who always has much bigger and better plans for each of us.

Imagine standing in the back of a church not understanding a word being said or sung and having someone lay hands on you in prayer.  At the same time you’re being pulled into a throbbing connection with Christ’s presence.  Those two hours in Spanish worship may not have been understand, but they were felt.

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12 ESV

Imagine painting an outside wall in 95+ degree weather while singing your heart out.  Or mixing and pouring concrete for sidewalks that will last longer than us.  How about pulling nails out of wooden planks, sweeping a dusty new church building and creating a ramp entrance allowing services to be held a few days later for the first time?

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.     Philippians 2:14-15 ESV

Imagine being sprayed by a water bottle by a child who desires connections with others.  Take a dozen bikes to the park with about five of them fully functioning yet watching children persevere through the trials of broken bikes.  Push a child on the swing, make bracelets, create Lego empires, sing songs, give endless hugs.  Be Christ to the orphans.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.      James 1:27 NLT

A small, simple sampling of God at work in us, through us and for us in Mexico. No one remains the same after that week; a week where words are inadequate for expressing and hearts are filled to overflowing.  Grab a student or leader, they would love to share what God was up to in Monterrey.

 

Shea

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