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Sunday, March 10, 2013

mission trip: mexico


Going on a mission trip with my church is something I've always wanted to do - both to help others who need it most and for my own spiritual growth. 

My church is taking a group of high school students in our community and is in need of adult leaders. So, I'll be going to build homes as well as mentor youth. What an honor and opportunity. To make a difference in even one poverty-stricken family's life with the work of my own hands! I feel truly blessed to be able to have this experience. I've heard people who've attended previous mission trips state that "you don't come back the same person". That "this experience changes you". I hope that it changes me...for the better.

Hubby can be protective sometimes and this was one of those times. He's very concerned for my safety and doesn't really want me going to Mexico in the current climate with the drug war going on. Despite his pleas for me not to go, I'm going anyways. It is just something that I have to do. So hopefully I make it back unharmed otherwise he'll be quite mad at me for leaving him widowed.

A did have a realization that made me smile. He said "I know you'd rather me not race dirt bikes but I do it anyways. So I support you if you decide to go...even though I don't want you to." I love that man so much.

I'll be keeping a journal and will share my stories and pictures on my blog when I return. Don't worry...I'm not going for two weeks. If you've been on a mission trip that hugely impacted your life and would like to share your experience on my blog (in a guest post) while I'm away, please email me at dreamingofdimples (at) gmail (dot) com.


15 comments:

Emily said...

Have an amazing time! I'm sure the weather is going to be absolutely perfect, so no better place to be giving back. Soak in some rays while you are there and enjoy yourself Jessah!

Amber said...

I've always wanted to do a mission trip as well, but never have. Maybe one day I will have the opportunity present itself. Your husband may not be on board, but it sounds like he's supportive anyway. I can't wait to hear about the trip and to see all the pictures. When is the trip?

Katie said...

how neat that you are going! i always learned so much on the mission trips that I went on. i'll be excited to hear about yours!

Jacki said...

Wow! I think this will be a great experience for you. My mom is a nurse and she went on a medical trip with a group that goes each year (or more) to host a free clinic in Mexico. My senior class in high school was going to spend two weeks working in an orphanage in El Salvador, but after 9/11 happened during the first month of our senior year, everyone panicked and felt like leaving the country was too dangerous. Sooo we did volunteer work in NYC. It wasn't at all what I expected and I really don't think we made an impact on anyone we "ministered" to. But there was one woman we spent an afternoon with who I will never forget. Hmm maybe I will email you about sharing Christina's story :)

Laura said...

Wow, how awesome!! That is such a great thing you are doing!

I will keep you and your safety in my prayers. Have fun! :)

Infertile625 said...

That is amazing!!!! Think of how the lives of those youth going with you will change too! How amazing. Can't wait to hear about how this will change you.

Team Harries said...

How wonderful!!!! I would love to be praying for you when you are there - let me know if you have any specific requests! Sounds like a great opportunity and no doubt God will change you while you are there!

Amy said...

I'm so excited you're taking this step of faith! God is going to bless you big time...and your hubs, too, for his faith. And yes, you'll come back changed for the better...and want to go tell people and love people the way Jesus did. :) My parents are full-time missionaries...they lead short-term trips to Ethiopia and Ecuador. I've been with them several times, so I know what an amazing experience it is to serve in that way. Looking forward to hearing about your journey!

2justByou said...

It will definitely change you for the better. You're going to make a difference in the lives of those you are going to meet and help there. You'll see...
I love that your husband had a realization moment. That's sweet. =0)
I hope you keep us all informed of your adventure on the mission journey!
~Kim
http://2justByou.blogspot.com

jAllen said...

That is going to be such a wonderful experience! Good for you for going on your own. Doing such a project is still on my to-do list.

Alicia said...

So cool Jessah! Hey - I haven't forgotten about your socks - once I feel brave enough to take J out alone, your socks are on the top of my list! ;)

Em said...

I led a few groups of students on mission trips to Europe and the Middle East when I was in college. So much fun. I hope your experience is transformative for you and for the people you get to serve.

Laura Rahel said...

Hey lovely, want to do a blog button swap?

LoveCaroline said...

Hope you enjoy your time of ministry in Mexico! I'll be praying that you impact people's lives!
New follower! Would love for you to visit my blog! Can't wait to learn more about you!

xo
Caroline

lovecarolineblog.blogspot.com

alesha said...

How awesome! Have such a great time, I know you will, how couldn't you! And how sweet of your hubby to have that realization :)

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