Every mission trip I’ve been on has been with my church. We normally take a trip every summer as a youth group. Middle school takes one and high school takes one. I love mission trips and have been a part of every one possible since my 6th grade year. They’re so great. I love the memories, the pictures, and the children. Little kids make me so happy!
In 2005 I went on my first mission trip as a 6th grader. We went to New York and helped run a camp for inner city kids. It was a dude ranch camp…sort of. It’s hard to explain.
In 2006 I went to the Bahamas. It was a great trip! Our team was SO closely bonded, and our youth group was stronger than ever. In the Bahamas, we helped fix up a building that had been ruined in the hurricanes. They had previously used the building for what we call a YMCA. While there, we put a ceiling on, painted the building, did yard work, fixed the walls, did touch-ups, and ran a Vacation Bible Study. It was hard work, but it was fun.
Here are some pictures. :)
P.S. all the pictures were taken with a little $8.99 camera from CVS. I promise I normally try to take better pictures. :) OH and these are ALL pictures of pictures. So the quality is even worse. I went to great lengths to get you these. You’re welcome. :)
In 2007, I went to Tennessee on a mission trip. Our group was split up into smaller groups and we went to different sites. My group helped a family with their houses and yard work. We built two porches and did other jobs for them that they wouldn’t have been able to do on their own. It was fun, but a totally different experience than all the other trips.
In 2009 I went to Jamaica. The. Best. Mission. Trip. Ever.
I have SO many amazing memories from that trip. But to fill you in on what we did there, we put on a roof, made a floor (put dirt into a huge (deep!) hole…probably the size of your living room and kitchen…and it must have been at least one story deep), and ran a VBS. It was a lot of work, but it was always fun.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip!
*Yep, you read that correctly. I’m going back to Jamaica this summer with my church. We’ll be partnering with the same organization. I’m not sure if we’ll be staying at the same place though. I hope so, but I hope not. Here’s why…if it’s the same place, it’ll be great because there are so many amazing memories there. Here’s why I hope not…there’s so many great memories there.
That’s the problem. I don’t want to compare the coming trip to the trip two years ago. But it’s impossible not to…
Two years ago, I went with a huge group from my church. This year there will be about 10 of us, instead of 55.
Two years ago, I went with close friends and my sister/best friend. This year, only my sister/best friend is going…and she’s not my sister or best friend any more.
It seems small, but spending a week with her when she will barely acknowledge me now is a daunting idea. But I’ve been praying for months that God will use Jamaica to draw us back together. After all, He used it to draw us together as sisters two years ago.
He can do anything. Truly, He can.
I know this is probably not what you would expect on a post about mission trips. But it’s where my heart is tonight. I hope you’ll accept that.
If you’ve been on a mission trip, leave me a comment telling me where you went and what you did!!! :)