Today begins a journey back to my country of birth.
Friends and family keep asking, “Are you excited?” The answer is YES! Absolutely. Though I am also a bit nervous, not sure why. But I sure am excited to experience, to discover, to take it all in.
This is the first time I will get to see and be with family members I have never even met. For a couple of nights we’ll be staying in the city I was born, Leon. I’m particularly excited about this part of the trip. So much history there! Not only because I was born there but also because I will be able to visit places that are particularly special for my family like Iglesia Betel-the church where my parents were pastors at when I was born and where so many stories and testimonies eradicated. I will also get to go by the radio station where my dad did his program years ago. Oh the many stories I could tell you…and I will…in future Nicaragua posts.
The second part of my trip I will be joining the Generation Church Missions trip team. We’ll be heading to a kids camp where we’ll be teaching to, playing with and loving on the kids that will be attending, kids which come from a needy area in Nicaragua. So many friends and family made it possible for our team members to make it to this camp as well as for the Nicaraguan kids. I am excited to see what God will do during our time there!
It will definitely be a full trip. And a trip that will be emotional and also spiritual for I know by personal experience that when you give of yourself to others you are blessed in return in a very unique way. That’s the beauty of missions trips. There is always a blessing in disguised.
I’ve heard some people say that they don’t believe in short term missions trips because it’s more about the people that are going than the people you are going to ‘bless’. I can’t say that I agree with this mentality about missions trips. Here’s the thing, from a person who has been on both sides, these type of trips provide a very unique opportunity for both, the people going to ‘give’ and those ‘receiving’.
I know of so many divine encounters that have taken place due to missions trips. Like the one of a couple who went to Colombia for a building trip and they ended up meeting a young girl who they then supported financially so she could attend school and after she graduated from high school they made it possible for her to graduate from college and even hosted her while in America. She is back in her country as a professional, able to financially provide for her family…all because of a short term missions trip. Divine appointment? Indeed. Both the ‘givers’ and the ‘receivers’, blessed! That’s how God works. Why would he leave the giver out of the blessing equation? He loves you and wants to bless you just as much.
As I sit here on the plane, looking out my window, I can’t help but say a little prayer, “God, I’m open. I’m willing. I’m expectant. Provide me with supernatural strength, as I know that these kiddos will probably wear me out (seriously). Provide me with much love to give, and give and give. And let me be aware of divine appointments. Don’t let me be too distracted by the heat, the humidity, the cold showers that await (bbrrrr), the mosquitoes that are ready to attack my sweet flesh and the possible sleepless nights. No. Let me be FULLY present in every moment.”
You may not be seating on a plane heading to a missions trip but right where you are at, there are people that are waiting for you to be FULLY present. You don’t need to go oversees to stop your busy world for a moment to see what God can do through you to bless that neighbor, that family member, that friend.
Fully present! Though we’ll be miles apart from each other, that’s my prayer for you and for me today.
Till next time friends…here we go.