I got my first opportunity in 2005. I went with a mission team to Chennai, India.
A trip to another nation like this changes you. I came back a different person. The things that I saw and experienced took a part in making me who I am. You see images on TV and hear stories... but until you touch is, smell it & look into the eyes of this other world... you just don't know. I often say that we all need to experience this other world. This planet would be a lot different... that's for sure. Or at least I'd like to think it would.
India was so amazing. The people were so precious. On our visit we did manual labor at the sites of many orphanages. We also brought over book bags with personal hygiene items and a few small toys for many of the village chldren.
Most importantly we brought the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The children were so precious. We would sit and play with them. We didn't speak the same language... but it didn't matter. The girls would run their fingers through my hair and they loved rubbing my skin. They would feel and stare at my hands then giggle at each other. I was confused until one of the orphanage workers told us that they had never seen white people before.
Could you imagine?
I'm going to El Salvador in about 2 1/2 weeks. I know that this trip will produce many more stories of it's own.
I'm not exactly sure what my future holds... only God does, but I know in my heart that this other world will be a part of it.
I can't wait for the adventures ahead and I also can't wait to share the stories either.