Friday, March 19, 2010

Would you go?




There has always been a part of me that has wanted to go on a mission's trip. When I was in high school our choir went to Canada and England. Both were amazing opportunities...we sang in front of lots of people. I got to be part of an outreach. It felt good.





But I really want to see a third world country. It's one of my heart's desires. In most pictures the people always look so happy. Even though they have so little and the conditions are horrible...there is joy. Maybe it's my search for contentment or just my curiosity, but hopefully someday I would love for my whole family to experience this first hand.




One of my very favorite bloggers Meg Duerkson from Whatever just got home from Sierra Leone, Africa. She's been documenting her trip and I find it absolutely mesmerizing. I leave her site everyday with tears in my eyes.






She gave me permission to use these amazing photos. Thank you Meg. If you haven't already, you need to go check out her blog. Go back several days and read from the beginning of her journey. I guarantee you will leave humbled and moved.







Have you ever been on a missions trip? Would you like to?






Have a blessed day.








All photos courtesy of Meg Duerkson
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52 comments:

  1. Hi Becky,
    In 1991, I went on a mission trip to the mountains of Jamaica. Our team of around 51 students and leaders helped mix and carry cement for the men who were rebuilding a church which was destroyed in Hurricane Gilbert. The group was split in 2, giving us every other day to work. On the off day, we spent time with children during vacation Bible school. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The following summer, with a wee mission team of 5, I spent 2 months in Sofia, Bulgaria. That was a completely different and life-changing experience too. I highly recommend it! I think it's really important that we remember, too...that there are people who need our prayer in our own communities. Being a light for the Lord is and every day mission! And you, with your blog...are doing just that! : )

    God bless you!

    Julie M.

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  2. I am always compelled. We go to Brazil every year...and I feel drawn to help, to serve, to acknowledge. To do more. Every time.

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  3. I saw Meg's pictures and was so touched by their faces. I was so amazed that among all they didn't have there was that beautiful beach. It looked like you could sit there and all your worries would go away.

    My husband has been on a Medical Missionary to Jamaica and he has been changed ever since then. He said that the people were so grateful for what he was doing for them, that they would bring gifts because they had no money. They would bring wood carvings, or a stone that they found. My husband still has those things and this has been many years. He still talks about his trip to the kids to let them know how other people live and how they take pride in everything they have. The pictures of the shacks where 5 people live was heartbreaking but yet they were so apprecitive they had a roof over their head. Amazing to look at it that way!

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  4. I went with my grandfather to Moscow, Russia and Siberia in 1992, 6 months after the new liberation. We went to orphanages, schools and churches to give the New Testament in Russian. It was a great experience. It is a beautiful country with beautiful. I would like to go to a 3rd world country but its not in my heart right now. I'm not sure about safety, but that is part of being in missions. God has his hand on you.

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  5. Hi Becky!
    My Dad went to Haiti 4 or 5 times with our church to put roofs on churches and said it was the best experience of his life. I'm sure they could use any and all help now as devastated as their island was with the earthquake. I hope you get to go on a mission there or wherever the Lord leads you :)

    Jessica

    www.domesticated-bliss.blogspot.com

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  6. Becky you must go! It is life changing let me tell you. HHBL and I have walked the slums in Peru, Ghana, India, Dominican Republic, Uganda and Rwanda. You will never be the same. And you need to take the children with you. I have often said, when I am on one of these trips, that I wish I could take all the high school juniors and seniors in the US to some of the places I have been. It would be a learning experience for them to be sure.

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  7. I appreciate your PO very much the picture with the article. Continues to refuel!!

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  8. I'd go in a heartbeat...and I'd love for my kids to experience it too. My husband took our then 11 year old to Honduras for 11 days last year to build a cabin. It was an amazing time of bonding for them and 8 other guys from our church- one in every generation through their seventies. We are too comfortable...and on many a day I'd love to let it all go...and just live freely and help others....
    julie

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  9. I would love to go when my children are older. It would be such a heart changing experience. There are few times in our lives that we can truly show our children how blessed they are...and to be honest...completely spoiled compared to most of the world!

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  10. when the right trip comes along you will know....and then GO! you will never regret it. :)

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  11. I'm with you, I would love to go on a mission trip. I'm just not couragous enough yet! My church is heavily involved with spreding the Gospel in China, so my yearning is to go there. Maybe one day! Right now all I can do is pray and study so that if I am called I'll be ready!

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  12. I think if it one of your hearts desires, you need to do it!! Take the plunge and do it!! If you want to come and visit me, we live very close to Mexico, and you can find a mission trip there to help build schools and homes!! :)Happy Friday sweet girl!

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  13. I love the pictures, especially the first one of the man in the hat. I went to Meg's blog and my, those are such touching photos.

    I recently worked for a non-profit that does similar work to World Vision. I've seen many pictures of the aftermath of disasters and heard heartbreaking stories of everyday poverty, both spiritually and physically.

    I do have a stirring in my spirit for those who need to know the love of Christ, but I'm not sure if I'd go. If I do, it would be after my kids are grown. For now I am a missionary in my own city.

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  14. Amazing photos! I've been on a few mission trips, and they are life-changing and perspective altering.

    Praying that God opens His perfect mission door for you and you family.

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  15. Well, at this point, I'm pretty much living vicariously through Adrain's trip as it's only two weeks away. I just got him all outfitted with some lightweight shirts... not that it's important, I'm just throwing it out there to show that I'm doing *something* to help out. I know, it's a really good thing that he has me.

    But seriously, I know I will go with him at some point. I think they change you in huge ways! I am very much looking forward to the changes it brings for us.

    I MISS YOU!!! I really, really, really do... I can't believe how far away you life. It stinks cause I was totally seeking an Ikea shopping partner, and thought of you... but OH yeah, you life on the other side of the world. (sorta) Luckily my sis in law took pity on me... LOL

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  16. When I was in high school, one of my friend's church's youth group was going to Kentucky for a week. There was a very poor area where people were out of work and their homes were literally falling down around them. Even though I didn't go that church, a group of us went with her on that trip. It wasn't a ministry trip. It was a WORK trip. We slept in the local school at night and worked all day. Turns out there were church groups from all over that came out to support this ministry. I don't know how many homes were worked on. That trip enlightened me to the poverty so close to home. A plant shuts down and people can lose everything. I had never been so tired at the end of each day. I got really good at pounding nails into boards.

    Yeah, it feels excellent to help people who can't help themselves. Your kids are young and maybe going out of the country isn't possible right now. Talk to your church. There are a lot of purple hurting RIGHT HERE that need help. Maybe that is something that you and your husband and the chicks could do this summer. Just something to think about...

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  17. absolutely! I did habitat for humanity building a house - amazing, but the opportunity to go to another country would be amazing! I'd struggle leaving my babies, but it would be a worthwhile trip.

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  18. Hi,

    Only time respect that your friend made such a mission at all, and has shot many photos you may have the time to publish. There are so I abe in recent months, the views have made some such thing. Since Africa or India would be as an example. I personally do not know if I'd trust such a thing myself. Especially since I do indeed work. But who knows, if I had the opportunity to do so would dare ichs much. Lots greetings Anni

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  19. mission trips are my heart :) i haven't been on one in a while because i had to grow up and get a job after college, so sad. but i have been to nepal, the dominican republic, guatemala, and costa rica. you should go on one! it's worth whatever the cost and sacrifice. and it will CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

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  20. I went on a mission trip to Mexico when I was in h.s. and then to Tennessee when the hubs was a youth pastor. Since having kids I haven't felt able to go again, but our church always has teams going off to Kenya, Dominican Republic or hurricane affected areas. I told the hubs that it's my turn to go next.

    Alison

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  21. You should do one. It would be life changing. My husband goes on a mission trip to Uruguay (with our church) every year. It's always an amazing time in so many ways. I haven't gone yet but I think once the kids are a bit older maybe I will. I definitely see the heart for missions in my family (even in my husband and I's parents) and I definitely want to pass that on to my kids. It's important for us to know and realize how blessed we are and there's nothing like seeing it with your own two eyes. And you bless others and are blessed yourself. I haven't ever of anyone going and not being happy they did. Sometimes I wish I was able to do more hands on things to help out than just send a little money... I'm going to check out your friends blog. :)

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  22. I think that people who work with MSF and such organisations are heroes working against all odds. I think that such choices are made before someone has a family or once the kids have left. In my daily life I help out at soup kitchens and we have a friend at an orphanage who we have built a relationship with. If my kids were independent I would gladly join a mission (a secular one) to help out people less fortunate. This is something I try to do anyway in my life.

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  23. Our family has just recently started sponsoring a girl from Africa through World Vision! I sooooo want to meet her some day!

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  24. Hi Becky!!!! I need to tell you, I live in a third world contry. I have everything I need but there are millions of people, not far from my home that need help, live in really bad conditions and yes, there is joy but there is pain also.
    Here in Guatemala the line between poor and wealthy is really marked and I´ve moved in both worlds and you learn. I help this poor kids, at Hogar San Francisco Xavier... but if you want I can find you someplace to go help here... let me know ;) you have my email and my playlists so if you want anything im here to help ok???
    When I have a little more time i´ll send you some guatemalan photos so you can picture the REAL GUATEMALA

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  25. You should do it!! I had the Lord tugging at my heart for years and finally last year He had to literally throw it in my lap before I would open my eyes and receive the blessing He was giving!

    We went to Honduras to work with an orphanage. Oh Becky, how they will fill your heart. It's truly a blessing from the Lord. It breaks your heart and fills it all at the same time. Amazing.

    We partnered with an organization ( www.louderthanowords.org )I would highly recommend going with them. You meet up with people from all over the states.

    We are actually heading back for our 2nd trip in 2 weeks!!! I cannot tell you how excited we are to get back to those children!!!

    God Bless

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  26. I went on one to West Virginia (of all places) when I was 15, to a tiny coal-mining town. We did some work with some of the very very poor there and sang in a local church.

    When I was 17, I went on one to France. We performed all over the country, did some repair work on homes, met with various churches, and brought care packages to some very poor Muslim neighborhoods. Seeing the joy on the children's faces as they received simple packages was a sight that stayed with me. :)

    I'd go again, but I don't feel like the time is right with young kids at home....

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  27. If I didn't have kids or a husband I would love to say that's what I would be doing. My sister in law is on a Africa Mercy ship as we speak and I cant wait to hear all her stories. Sorta living vicariously through her...:)

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  28. Adsolutely! A few years ago I was lamenting the fact that my kids can't really understand and have compassion for people living in extreme poverty. We were going through the World Vision Catalog just reading about buying goats for families and I was crying, but I realized that I could feel it more because I've seen it...although only somewhat. After that I fasted and prayed (not really for that) for three days and during that time God gave me an incredible burden and vision for India. I'd love to eventually take my kids there and help out in an orphanage for a couple of weeks or something. I have a friend who's in the process of adopting a little girl from there and so I might get the opportunity to travel with her, but that trip I'll make without the family.

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  29. I've been to Honduras, Ecuador several times, and Mexico. Each time I return, I know that I have been changed possibly more than the people I went there to help/serve/share the gospel with. It's good to get outside of yourself, your selfishness, your comforts. I can't wait to go again. We plan on moving to Ecuador permanently (who knows when) and starting an orphanage for the street kids five and older. That'll be stinkin' awesome!

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  30. Hey Becky! I'll have to check out meg's blog. Those pictures are amazing!! I went to Ukraine and spent a month on living in an orphanage there. It was such a blessed experience. We went to help the children there. We brought them shoes and soap and other things and told them about the love of Jesus. I'm sure they were helped.... but I was totally blessed. God opened my eyes to priorities, faith, love, trust, and innocence. That was 7 years ago and I've never been the same. Planning on another in the near future.

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  31. I haven't been on one, but would like to someday. THink I would go to China as we visited a small village, like the one my daughter is from, and it was inspiring to see the people, how little they had, but they shared it and were so gracious.

    Have a great weekend!

    Janet

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  32. I have never been, but my sister-in-law just got back from Nicaragua. She is a nurse and they went to bring basic medical supplies like crutches, wheelchairs, walkers...things that I see 3 of at every Goodwill in my city. Sad they don't have those basic needs met. She took my 14 year old niece, and it really was a life changing...and bonding experience for both of them. ~mary~

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  33. I would love to and I would jump at the chance.

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  34. Before i got married I did extensive traveling and it has greatly changed my life. Witnessing the poverty, seeing the children walk barefoot on the streets in search of money, taking baby items to the orphange was life changing. I wish i could expose my children to the larger world... hopefully one day,
    happy weekend,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  35. I have not yet, but I know I would love to someday! Thanks for sharing these photos.

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  36. I have never been but a couple at our church went one year and now they go every year! I can only imagine how heartbreaking it is to see but how rewarded you would feel being able to go and help people. One year a girlfriend and I delivered Christmas boxes to the needy and we started out joyful and singing and more than once when we got back to the truck, we looked at each other with tears in our eyes thankful for what we had. I think that if it is something you truly want to do that you should go for it.

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  37. GO FOR IT! I have never had the desire to go on a mission trip, but it has been my sister's dream since we were kids. She has talked about it since I can remember. Last year, that dream came true and she went to China. There was nothing she didn't enjoy about it. She is going back this year!!

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  38. As a sophmore in High School I went on a Mission's Trip to Haiti! It is true that they have so little but still are so grateful for the little they do have. It made me realize how blessed I was and also made me realize that there was much I thought I wanted but no longer needed.

    My daughter went on a couple mission's trips in High School and it changed her and also helped her figure out that she wanted to grow up to help others and she is now a counselor/therapist. I think it's one of the greatest things, especially if you can send your children one day. Even greater if you could go as a family. Wow! That would be a bonding memory like no other.

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  39. Becky, it is indeed a life changing experience. I was so blessed to go to Guatemala with a group from my church who works with Students International. www.stint.com (It is not just for students by the way)I went even though I had three little ones at home. I had an amazing husband and amazing mother who came from two states away to help with my kiddos. We actually had a host family from that town let us stay with them. They are now forever a part of my family. We still keep in contact 3 years later. I helped work at a school and really all I did was help clean, paint, and get ready for the next school year, but I was doing the Lord's work. I was ministering to these people by showing them God's love. Others worked at the hospital, some helped build a chicken coop, others taught Art. We all learned so much about ourselves. And the people of Guate were so generous with what little they did have it was so humbling. If you get a chance to go on a mission trip. Go. God will take care of everything. (Be prepared for when you come back though. You will be so excited but those that haven't been on a trip like that have no idea, bless their hearts, what it does to a person. Be patient cause you will want to change everyone and everything, but it has to happen gradually. Hopefully you will have a great support group. Just an FYI. God makes it all worth it though!)Sorry I rambled on!!!

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  40. When I was younger I went on trips...I went to Portugal in college. I also was a summer camp counselor in VA, so although not out of the country, definitely missions. (It was a camp for inner-city kids from Richmond.)
    It was no problem for me then, but now it's hard for me to imagine going someplace like that...my OCD would make it really hard (I have a tough time going to the grocery store, I really can't imagine being in the places that Meg saw). You are right, though, she has done an incredible job capturing moments from that trip, delicately. She has a gift.
    Hope you are granted your dream. God gives us the desires of our heart...I think that means that he grants them, but I also think it means that he places them there. :)

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  41. My son went on a mission- I missed him so much but it was the best thing he has ever done. I hope you get to experience this sweet blessing in your life.

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  42. I know it would be life changing...and many times I think about doing it....but have not yet....

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  43. I would DEFINITELY go! Travel in itself is a wonderful thing - especially travel to somewhere which is culturally so different from where we ourselves live. And to be able to work or help people who would really benefit from it would be amazing....life-changing.

    Happy Week-end :)

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  44. I went on a missions trip to Mexico when I was in high school and it changed my life. Then I went on a mission trip to Ecuador about 8 years later and it changed my life. I would go on another one in a heart beat -- it is always worth it. :)

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  45. I would love to go to Israel. I grew up going regularly to a mission in Mexico with my parents but I really would hesitate to go to Mexico now. Safety would be a huge concern.

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  46. I would go...so many from our church do go, young men and women, older couples...we are just waiting for our time to go! Have a happy weekend Becky! :D

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  47. Go, if I were you, I couldn't sign up fast enough. I have been on many missions trips to third world countries with my kids. It is an amazing opportunity for all who go.

    My daughter was gone all last summer on a missions trip with Reign Ministries, she was gone for nine weeks, we missed her terribly as she was only 15, but it was an incredible opportunity for her, and was incredible for our family to support her during this time. The Sierra Leone stories are absolutely heartbreaking and the most joyous stories you have ever read about all at the same time.

    You can do it!
    Kate

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  48. I have been to Mexico twice... one 2 week trip... and one 2 month trip... I loved it! both were amazing experiences! conditions were not like the above pictures... but they were bad enough! it was hard at times.. and broke my heart ... but the joy was there too!

    Orphans is where my heart is... one day... perhaps... I will get to serve in an orphanage... with my family would be amazing!

    The picture of the crowded boat will forever be in my head... that is crazy and amazing all at once!

    Jenn~

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  49. What do you and others mean by third world country? Consider the value we put on placement, or order, the valuation of a numeric system that designates a country as 3rd world. Consider the implications of developing versus non-developing countries. What might this indicate in terms of superiority? What is your mission? People, regardless of where they live are not there to serve tourists visiting a "3rd world country" no matter how noble the "mission" might seem. Much harm has been (and is done) in the service of "doing good."

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  50. Ive been on a few, all within the US but in really scary parts of town, I have helped build drug rehab centers and rebuild churches. I would love to go to another country and I am really hoping I will be able to soon. These pics are great, cant wait to go check Megs blog out!

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  51. Oh how this is heavy on my heart too...I know it must be in the plan for me at the right time...

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