Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mission Trips: Is this your year?

This year, we are offering 5 opportunities for you to step outside of your comfort zone, out side of the familiar and into Haiti.  

Why?  Because this is where life change happens.  This is where relationships- amazing, impossible, beautiful- are made.                                                                                                                               
Our mission partners with One Family Foundation, home to a church, school, and about 50 orphaned and abandoned children. We work alongside the Haitian leadership of One Family, not to control or dictate or even to finance, but to support, to encourage, to empower.                                                                                                               
Often, people feel driven to take a mission trip because they want to help.  And, we do help.  We bring projects, training, opportunity, fun, education and the love of Christ.  But, our primary goal when we step out onto mission is to listen and understand.   That may seem like a small 'mission' but, truly, it is the biggest mission.  How can we help if we don't know what is needed- really needed?  How can we know what is needed if we aren't willing to listen?  And how can we expect to hear the truth if we are unwilling to enter into relationship?  

Haiti is vibrant place with rich history and culture. It is a place, and a people worth listening to. You may be quite surprised at what you hear.                                                                                         Going on a mission trip begins with willingness:  willingness to answer that nagging call in the back of your mind, willingness to to be in the unknown, to be uncomfortable, to be vulnerable.  Once you are willing, the other obstacles become so much smaller.

So here is our question, our invitation:  are you willing to step out with us?