yesterday i saw a picture raechel myers posted on instagram of guatemala (incidentally, the first picture in this post), and seeing the mountains made my heart sore for honduras.
those of you who have been here a while may remember my original plan for last summer included a short-term mission trip to honduras (although the Lord made clear His plan was for spain). it would have been my sixth trip there and i would likely have tried to stop and see my family on the way back home.
i was talking to a friend of mine last night, and in the course of conversation i remembered that sometimes, when we are called as missionaries, we are not called to go to our own. our families, our people, our land, are the place from which we go rather than our destination. and that’s hard. i’d love to do missions in honduras, but i don’t feel the Lord calling me there.
instead i’ve been five places i haven’t planned. i’m not sure where i imagined going on a mission trip when i was younger, but the bahamas, venezuela, poland, spain, and kenya were certainly not on my list.
and yet, i wouldn’t trade a thing.
international missions is a risk. i won’t lie to you. it is. you risk shattering the only world you’ve ever known for one that is a little more fragile, a little more vulnerable, a little more unsafe. it requires a little more boldness and a little more faith. but you come back stronger, more passionate, and fulfilled in a way i couldn’t explain to you, but if you’ve been on a mission trip, you know that feeling. the sense that you have finally hit upon, whether it is your vocational calling or not, whether you will be called to do it again or not, that you have finally done the thing for which you were created.
if you’re wondering if a mission trip is the right thing for you, i can’t give you a definitive answer but i will urge you to go. because it will change your life.
but more importantly, it will change someone else’s, as the Lord uses you to open their eyes to the kingdom. and that is something worth risking everything for.
have a question about international missions? i’ll be answering your questions in a post on thursday? comment here, tweet me, or email with your question and i’ll include it in the lineup.