I used to think, what good can be achieved in a short term mission trip? Most people shared how their lives have been changed and how their thoughts have been challenged, then I wonder is that all ? Do we go on mission trip to be changed? Or do we sign up for mission trip because we want to be changed?
This year as I went back to Kupang Indonesia. On the first hour upon arriving the village, a girl came up to me, speaking Bahasa. I don’t speak Indonesian and I had no clue. I stood there and listened but I didn’t understand her.
A few hours later she came up to me again, speaking. She looked really sincere, and I stood there and listened. A few hours later, she tried again, and this time I grabbed Dr. Yvaine, hoping she could translate for us. But the girl wouldn’t speak when a third party was there. Then, I kinda have a feeling that she was telling me about her experience of last year’s bible camp.
As we had time to do some group and individual ministry, I finally realized that last year’s camp has blessed her in ways words can’t describe.
We may think it’s just a 3-day bible camp, what difference can it make? We may have that thought cox we are so privileged. We are here at SP, while every month, there’s a special speaker, or a class, or a retreat. We may not take each event as seriously as we should have. Yet to those teens, a bible camp tailor-made for them, may be a once in a life time experience. Thus, they are really appreciative and receptive. Looking at them, I can see they wanted to swallow and digest every single word we have shared.
What we can do in a few days is limited. Yet no act of kindness is ever wasted. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58
Going to Mission Trips maybe physically and emotionally draining. What we experienced for a few days, is what our brothers and sisters face on a daily basis.
2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.