Hi there! I’m so glad you stopped by. We have purpose right where we live. Be it 2 months or 2 years or 22 years. Here, let’s discover who we are in Christ and walk into adventures that grow us or at least give us something to laugh about!
i’ve been on mission trips before. where you buy specific things needed to make the journey most comfortable and pack the items that you are okay parting with if they get too dirty or become too smelly to bring home.
i’ve arrived by bus, van, plane, rickshaw, and train. i’ve set out to see lives changed, encourage the local believers, and make a difference. i’ve raised support to get me there and bring me back. i’ve even carted our kids on these mission trips.
but what i’ve discovered is that a partnership is better than a mission trip.
the word mission is a latin word ‘mittere’ meaning “send.” it denotes the sending of the Holy Spirit into the world.
this is our mission — to take the Good News to the world. i’m just not sure one can do it on a trip!
what we can do is partner with those in their called places who are living out the mission of Christ.
i saw you in the park today corralling one into a stroller and keeping an eye on the other chasing butterflies. i watched as you tried desperately to catch up with a friend, but both of you clearly had constant little squeaky interruptions. i saw another one of you nursing your infant and the longing for adult interaction thick in your soul.
i have a hunch that when you do make it home, cart the sleepy one to bed and turn on some coping mechanism for the other, that you’ll tackle the 3 hour damp clothes in the washer, the dirty dishes in the sink and the clean ones in the dishwasher. you’ll look around and feel behind on your projects, wishing you had time for a yard sale (maybe do a salvation army run one day), a spa day, a gourmet meal planned, but a cup of goldfish will do.
your go-to reward after a day at the park and an early morning wake up call would naturally be the smart phone that’s overcome with missed calls, texts, notifications, and a smothered raisin.