September 16, 2015

Chihuahua, Mexico

Guess what my dears?! I am going to Mexico!
Recently my good friend texted me something like this:
"So, just out of curiosity... On a scale of 1 to 10, how interested would you be in a week-long trip to Mexico?"
I promptly responded with "12!!!!". And that was that. Plans were made, paperwork was filled out, and there was lots of texting back and forth in caps lock letters. The two of us will be joining a group of volunteers in October to go on a mission trip in Chihuahua City.

Don't you wish that there was some sort of magical mindset we could put on when getting ready to do mission work? I do too. It would be sumpin' else  if we could go into servants-heart-mode automatically and anticipate everything that might happen. But that's not how mission trips work.
In volunteering to do mission work, you are sacrificing your personal life to serve the needs of others.
You are striving to reach the unlovable and the suffering.
You are taking off your cultural blinders and stepping outside of that safe little world you live in.
You have no idea what will happen because it's all in God's hands, but you pray and you pray mightily that His will be done.

"And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
[Mark 16:15]
"For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”"
[Acts 13:47]
"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!"
[Psalm 96:3]

Of course I will write a few follow up posts after the trip! I know that I will be a changed person and there will be stories to tell and new ideas to share. Until then -- Adios!


  1. You are going to Mexico!!! I am really very excited for you.

    Mindset is rather a frequent challenge, isn't it? I tend to have especial trouble when returning from vacations or other exciting holidays to the simplicity of daily life. As you said, the most helpful thing is keeping ever focused on Jesus and seeking him through prayer. Also, of course, relishing all the "little" gifts too like cuddling with kittens for instance. :)

    I hope you have a blessed time and will eagerly await your bulletins upon your return. :)