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This post was written by one of our Adult Leaders, Lauren:
Mission work provides an opportunity to reconnect with God. Being placed in a foreign environment to assist those who we will often have a language barrier with, requires a certain reliance on God. I am excited for this reconnection as well as doing mission work in a leadership context.
I have done mission work at several points throughout my life, but never as a leader. I already love the kids on our team and am thrilled to be a part of their experience. I am excited to teach and I am also open to what I know they will end up teaching me. I’m looking forward to building lasting relationships with the students, as well as the leadership team. We have a great group of people and I want to get to know them on a deeper level. I can already tell that they have a wide variety of interesting perspectives. I am ready to lead and be led by the Spirit.
In addition to these facets of the trip, I am also quite excited about experiencing a new culture. I love travel and the way that it widens horizons. I am open to all that the local people have to share and I can’t wait to learn more about Guatemala. In my opinion, mission work can be one of the best ways to learn about a new environment and culture. Through working with local people to complete tasks, we will learn more about their ways of life and their values. I am even excited to try the new types of food we will be exposed to.
My mind is open and I am ready to be led by God to do this work. I am excited for the relationships and learning experiences that will come out of this opportunity. There is so much to be gained when traveling to a new place to serve God.