Spreading the Word
By Shuntaria Wood | January 8, 2014 | 5 Comments
On the trip to Honduras, we held Vacation Bible School for children in the community.
I was blessed with the opportunity to go on my first mission trip with Campbell University’s Campus Ministry. Not only was this my first mission trip, but this was also my first plane ride. The biggest challenge was accepting that my first plane ride would be to a foreign country, Honduras. As we began to near our last and final planning meeting before the big day, I realized that I would be traveling to this foreign country to spread the Word. Regardless of how terrified I may have been about the plane ride, I was comforted once I completely grasped the purpose of the mission trip.
This experience was life-changing and rewarding. The long drives through the mountainous areas were breathtaking. I searched the Web for pictures of Honduras before we arrived, but actually driving through the country was amazing! We met some incredible God-fearing people while in Honduras. It was great to constantly be surrounded by people who shared similar faith. During this trip, we were given the opportunity to spread the Word of God in different ways---through our words and through our actions. We built “pillas” for two families and held Vacation Bible School with the children. Also, we had the chance to play with the children and fellowship with the church family over a final seafood dinner. The Honduran people justified “unconditional/non-materialistic faith.” They lived modestly and were constantly giving thanks to God for the little things He had blessed them with. Oftentimes, in America, we take things for granted without giving God the recognition He deserves for all that we’re blessed with. While on this mission trip, I was able to take a moment and evaluate my spiritual relationship with God.
Every night, we were encouraged to share a “God” moment that we may have had throughout our days of work. The “God moments” and nightly devotionals were so valuable. Going on this mission trip helped me to realize that people all over the world deal with similar situations, if not worse, which may cause them to stray from God. It’s so easy to lose faith when facing stagnant difficulties in life. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you pray, your situation never changes. But, although it may not seem like things are changing, God is modifying the situation in your favor.
If you are ever given the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, make sure you have a strong connection with God so that you are able to effectively share the Word of life with others and make sure that you are open to cultural differences.