My personal journey to missions. I want to challenge you to come with me on the upcoming mission trips to Africa! I waited 42 years before I went on my first missions trip. I had yearned, and dreamed, and prayed for years, but never had the courage to really go! I LOVE kids and love traveling… why did it take me so long to go on a missions trip.
I hate to admit this, but I was intimidated and it was never convenient for me to go. I’m a stay-at-home mom and the timing just never seemed right for me. But, I was a mom on a mission.
- Orphans desperately need you to come and simply love them– BASICALLY Haiti is happening to children all over this world….the media is just not covering it. They lose their parents suddenly to HIV, malaria, malnutrition, starvation and other horrific ends to a life. Or, they are traumatized as they are just abandoned and left with a feeling of worthlessness, feeling forgotten and not knowing the consistent love of a parent or anyone else. Some orphans never even get to see outside of the building of their orphanage. Orphans in this world, unless visited by God’s people, will not know their Savior as their Abba Daddy. He is their Father and He is the only one who in our absence can give them the consistent love they were created to receive. If we don’t go…who will go for us? (thank you Amanda)
- Lose some weight with me– Are you loaded down with the weight of mommyhood? The busyness of your life as a mom- the comfortable, conveniences of structure, playdates, Target runs, carpools, sports events… well, mission trips do a great job at shaking things up and forcing you to let go and serve out of your comfort zone. Traveling to a foreign country can be really scary, but being immersed in a different culture allows you to see and smell and touch and taste and hear things that will literally change your life. Leave your busyness at home (it will be there when you return) and open your hearts wide to crazy love orphans.
- Be part of a God-Inspired Adventure- this means doing something radical, out of the normal, daily routine we get stuck in as moms. You get to see God work in others lives and in your own life on a mission trip. Plan on something going really crazy- this is all part of the adventure. I encourage you to super-size your joy and patience and understanding and compassion and affection on a mission trip. If you have set expectations, I guarantee you will be turned upside down. Leave your expectations at home and allow God to guide your steps through Uganda and Ethiopia.
Here’s what one mom shared- “as an adopting Mom I first thought, I’m already doing my part, I’m adopting an orphan! While talking to my husband, I couldn’t stop crying because I was thinking about our baby.
I kept asking, what if an American Mom was able to be in the orphanages everyday? What if we knew there were always volunteers through Visiting Orphans there to hold, feed and love our baby E?
I know that my 14 days in Uganda and Ethiopia isn’t going to change the world BUT if Mom’s across our country would go and be present 365 days a year, it would change the lives of all the orphaned children.
July 19th isn’t really a “good time” for me to go on a Mission Trip. Who knows where we will be in the adoption, if we will have the money, or if I can emotionally handle it. However, we pray, someone is there right now, regardless of the “right time” to hold our baby.” (Ashlie, mom to be)
If you are on the fence, trying to make every mommy detail perfect before you make the decision to go, I challenge you to jump down and pray forward. Most of my readers are crazy moms, life will never be perfect for us to go on a mission trip, but I promise you that this trip will change your life. Your family will benefit from you doing something soooo radical… you’ll be a crazier mom!
I want to know what you’re thinking? Does anyone else have a story to encourage each other to go on a mission trip… please share in comments. Next week, I’ll share some crazy ideas to help you fundraise for a mission trip.
I MET DANITA IN HAITI- WATCH THIS WITH A KLEENEX!