My mission trip to Ghana was truly life-changing and I am eagerly working to be able to go back next summer! The people we met and the children that I worked with in the school were so eager for attention and love and I was more than happy to give that to them. It was amazing to witness the generosity of a people who have so little and yet are so willing to give all that they have to complete strangers! They were living examples of what it really means to be selfless. It sounds cheesy to say that the people I met in Ghana helped me more than I could have ever helped them, but it’s true. They reminded me about what service is really supposed to look like. The way those at The Village of Hope live their lives perfectly reflects my favorite verses from 1 Peter 4: 8-11, “Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.”
I think it’s important for you all as a missions committee to invest time in meeting with the students who express interest in missions work and working with them to help make mission trips possible. I know when I was in the youth group at Woodmont there didn’t seem to be that many mission opportunities available to kids my age and if there were some trips planned I wasn’t really made aware of them. I believe mission work is really important and beneficial to students so I would encourage the committee to make missions opportunities known to the students so that they can take full advantage of them. The people I’ve met and the opportunities I’ve been given through my own mission work are some of the best experiences I’ve had. I am so thankful for them and only hope that others can be as fortunate as I’ve been on their trips!