Number 28 –
What’s your favorite quality in your spouse? What was your favorite mission trip and why?
I covered how much I admire & adore him in this post earlier. My most favorite quality he possesses is that he loves Jesus before me. Then he leads our family with wisdom & integrity, and he serves us sacrificially every single day because he loves us second. Finally, he’s just plain “hot”! He has the legs of a superhero and even his calves get my heart beating faster. Yep, I think he’s utterly attractive in every way.
Therefore, since I’ve already tackled the original question I’ve decided to tag another one onto today’s post. My favorite mission trip is a bit hard to answer because I’ve been doing short-term missions for 12 years and have gone to so many places. The shorter trips include about 25 countries ranging from Mexico several times to the Republic of Georgia and most of both Western & Eastern Europe. The longer trips I’ve gone on have been Bosnia, Peru, *somewhere in Asia, Israel, Zimbabwe, and *somewhere in the Middle East.
Out of those, my favorites (I have 2) were Bosnia and Zimbabwe.
Bosnia was my very first mission trip, we went shortly after the ethnic cleansing war had moved from Bosnia to Kosovo so we were helping reach different people groups and refugees with the gospel that became a terrible symbol of death to most of their families. They witnessed “Christians” slaughter hundreds of people and then immediately stand over bodies, praising God for their deaths, and do so while also mutilating and raping “in the name of Jesus”. It was abhorrent to see the devastation of these ethnic cleansing and it put pressure on us, Christians who were the to help and to portray the true gospel of Christ. My trip to Bosnia opened my eyes far more than I ever thought possible to how God’s heart breaks for human kind and how greatly He is can change people. It was this mission trip that made me want to pursue missions for my career and I actually quit college in order to do so. I didn’t need a degree to reach people, I was already doing it from that point on.
My other favorite was Zimbabwe. To be honest, this was a very difficult for me because it was the first time where I was the leader of the whole team. It’s an odd place to be in – lead a team of people with specific constraints while also coming under the partnership and authority of the national culture we were heading into and under the leadership of the missionary we were working with. I have often said this was a terrific ministry to partner with but I had a pretty hard time my team. So this trip was my favorite because of who we got to work with and minister to, but my least favorite team to be a part of. To be honest, I had no idea of what I was doing as a team leader and I had to grow a lot in that area. My team had a hard time coming under my leadership and some were just downright obstinate and defiant. I, however, do not know their perspective of this trip but I do remember being literally cussed out by one of them in London. The work we did was at Chidamoyo Christian Hospital, in the absolute bush of NW Zimbabwe, hours from town. We worked with Kathy McCarty, a nurse from CA who started Chidamoyo 32 years ago. We helped the daily running of the hospital, many of the patients were HIV/Aids patients and there was a whole section in the back of the hospital called Masasa – a small village-type area for pregnant women to come spend their last month of pregnancy so they were close to the hospital when they delivered their babies. Many of these women walked through the bush for days just to get to the hospital.
This was my most favorite because we would go to Masasa, lead devotions, pray together, sing and dance and it was so fun to see Jesus transform these women. I loved Zimbabwe, God taught me about the differing ways in the world that He is worshipped and loved. God taught me that pursuing Him does not look the same the world over and He also taught me about the depth of evil influences, more substantial than we see in the States. The people of Zimbabwe were so open, loving and joyful – some of the best people I have ever met and it was an honor to worship God with them, and to play and dance and laugh with them every single day.
I’m realizing that I have not posted very many details of my mission trips so I will do that, including pictures that I can find, in the coming months. Stay tuned for those…
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