A lot of people think about what they will do while on a mission trip. Most people want to feel useful and productive…like they are doing ‘something’ to make a difference.

I felt the same way when I first thought of mission trips, but then as God revealed His word, it became more about the relationship. Reaching those that need to know they are not forgotten, that they are worthy and that they are loved. We want so badly to help, but what is really being asked of us is to serve.

There are indeed needs that need to be met. Buildings built, painting, trash clearing, beds put together, food distributed, concrete floors poured and walls erected. All of those things are physical needs, they can be broken and destroyed, but relationships can last forever.

The relationships built while serving in 2010 have grown and strengthened into lifelong family connections.

We found that while half a world separated us physically, our hearts are knitted together in relationship. We are learning about Tesfaye’s mother who needs surgery on her foot and is in much pain. We are learning that Tezera is a strong amazing woman who is only slowed down by the aches in her body. We are learning that Ruth and Samy are being attacked physically and dealing with illness. These are all physical … but the relationship the spiritual is lasting strong and profound.

There are babies in the orphanage that need formula, there are orphans in Korah that need clothing, shelter and food, there are widows in the Orphans and Widows home that need hope in a future.

Our short trip may not be enough to make a lasting difference to many people, but it’s enough time to create relationships, to grow bonds, to allow a few people to realize that the world is so much bigger than the four walls of our home. Those few people can share with others that there are needs, there are faces that go along with the stories, there are real people who live in a place a world away …that are just like them.

Thank you for following us on our journey. Thank you for praying for us while we prepare. If you would like to know how you can help and support our team click on the link above that says “How you can help”.

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