Written by Raven Haight / November 2016
Departing from the plane, immediately surrounded by the foreign smells, the rushing of millions of people going on about their daily routine, and taking in the fact of an almost half a day jet lag is an experience that is hardly forgettable. You may be tired, the squat pots may not be your first choice for a bathroom, and you may not want scalding hot tea in 100-degree weather, but then you are always reminded of the purpose of why you are there. You continue to meet numerous people who have all invited you to teach and talk about our Savior’s abounding grace that He has for all people.
There is such a special bond that forms when visiting these wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ. To meet and play with the little children, visit and pray with the adults, and worship all together with multiple languages and cultures under one faith is something that cannot fully be described. Even when you are not specifically teaching your lessons, you see in a special way how God is always present in the day-to-day moments. You may see rainbows throughout Nepal’s monsoon season and then talk about the promise God made with the sign of the rainbow. You may discuss the promise God made to Abraham about having more descendants than the number of stars while lying on a gravel dirt area in complete awe of Africa’s blanket of stars. You may see numerous Hindu temples in India closed at night for the gods to sleep and be reminded how blessed are we to tell others about our Heavenly Father who never sleeps. Wherever God leads, you can trust He will provide the best outcome for His plan.
For some people who think they should not be sent on a Mission Helper Trip because of fear that they will not have the right words to teach, remember God knows what needs to be said and will give you the words. All the good that happens when teaching about God and the Bible happens because of God and nothing that we could ever possibly say or do on our own. Other people who may want to go but do not know if time or the cost will allow it should also remember with God all things are possible. He will make it work and the support from our Christian family can feel overwhelming with the amount of financial support and continuous prayers.
For some people who think they should not be sent on a Mission Helper Trip because of fear that they will not have the right words to teach, remember God knows what needs to be said and will give you the words. All the good that happens when teaching about God and the Bible happens because of God and nothing that we could ever possibly say or do on our own.
While away from home you also find continued support from the other mission helpers. It is truly encouraging and uplifting to meet other peers who have a passion to share God’s Word. You may be spending a full three weeks with people you may have never met before that are from all over the U.S. and even Canada (Mackenna ☺ ). What is amazing when returning home is realizing as much as you explain, answer questions, and share pictures to friends and family, you will always be linked to the people who you shared that time with because some stories simply have no words to fully describe the experience and countless times pictures just do not do any justice to what was actually seen.
After all you experience it may seem difficult to adjust right back to daily routine because of all the constant reminders of how different we actually live. What is constant is God’s presence in our lives, continued blessings, and His abounding love for all of us. We know that even if we never return to the country visited that all the special people we met and worshiped with along the way was not a final good-bye, but until we meet again in our heavenly home. Please pray and consider in participating on the Mission Helper Trip this coming summer to Nepal. Grab your passport, pack your bag, and see what’s out there in this great big world, because simply why not?