I'm so glad to share the missions trip opportunity I was granted in 8th grade. Our youth group planned a go-trip to Washing DC to help out at a church 45 minutes away from where we stayed. Many of my friends went on the trip and I have to say it was emotionally impacting. Our vans packed with around 17 students stayed at a Quaker house a short distance from behind the Capitol. The house was remarkably old with a bathroom the size of a laundry basket.
All of the 13 girls stayed in one bedroom and breakfast consisted of yellow jam and toast. Although staying in a house very out of our comfort zone gave us a LITTLE realization of how the homeless lived rather than soaking in the luxury of a Ritz Carlton. The purpose of the go-trip was to wash families feet and give them new shoes at Rising Hope Church. For some it was an uncomfortable task that screamed the fear of germs and some where just glad to serve and help out. I still remember the day we all lined up with buckets of water sitting in front of our Nike shoes giving each child and adult one pair of Walmart socks and one pair of Walmart shoes.
The families shouted with excited over a cheap pair of shoes that we purchased before that day. (No, Walmart isn't neither am I bashing people wearing their shoes but for some that is something they can afford and to others that is low quality. Either way, having shoes is something we should be thankful for) they were thankful and excited over something so little that some of us take for granted of everyday. It truly was a humble experience after seeing little kids of all nationalities and skin colors give a bright smile to shoes I pay little attention to while buying groceries at the good old wholly world. Without lack of remembrance one child yelled, "These shoes will make me fly!" Another shared her new outdoor game and some were very shy which was very understandable.
I never reached a kid to Christ however showing God's love and appreciation for children just like me seemed to light up their world. I am a mere messenger of God's everlasting love and it's His job to plant seeds in their heart. Mission trips can seem to have a label of sharing God's word in foreign countries, however, we all have a mission field in the circle of our own community. Washington DC wasn't far away however the impact we gave on each other reached miles! Your neighbors, work place, school or even coffee shop is a mission field full of opportunities to share God's word. No, there is not an age requirement or certain level of knowledge. It takes one bold believer to allow God to speak through them in order to share the Gospel. Someone who is willing to maybe sacrifice their friendships, reputation or even a job. God commands us to share His word and sometimes not in the comfort of our own home or community. Serving in Washington DC surely was an eye opening experience from the bottom of my heart. Was I afraid? A little. Did I exactly know how to tell them about God? Not so much. But I believed God chooses the weak and makes them strong.
How to Step out of your comfort zone
1. Look for opportunities to be a part of
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… Romans 1:16
2. Don't let fear keep you from sharing God's truth
“Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'” Mark 6:50
3 Trust God that he will give you the right words to say.
And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (v11-12).
He gave me the right words to say and the compassion to show care for these families. I hope to encourage everyone of you to be bold and step out of the comfortable casualties of our church circle.