I’ll call this a mini conversion. That’s the best way I can describe the “aha” experience, the epiphany, that’s often connected to mission trips. It happened to me when I went to Honduras a number of years ago. We traveled from Ft. Worth, TX to a remote village called El Rosario to serve the people there. When we returned to our homes, we did so with a stronger desire to serve our own neighbors.
I can’t fully explain why it seems to work this way. But, for some reason, traveling to a distant place to help others can open our eyes to the joy of observing Jesus’ great commandment to love God and neighbor, at home. The act of helping our neighbor can snowball into a cycle of continuous giving that often feeds the giver more than the recipient. The result draws us closer to God and to one another. As our youth group travels to Caguas, Puerto Rico tomorrow, we request your prayers for safety and for the “aha” experience that propels each participant to embrace a lifetime of Christian service.