Team: Crossroads Baptist Church & Baylor University Line Camp

Written By: Selena P.

If I’m being really honest, going on a mission trip wasn’t something that I had ever really considered until the last year or so.  It just seemed like a lot of work, with the potential of danger, and today I write this from what is my first mission trip.

I have been blessed with the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a team from my church that ventured to San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, on a mission trip through One More Child to the Orphan’s Heart Malnutrition Clinic.

On Our first full day in Guatemala, our team was taken on an excursion the day before we started our official work.  The excursion day proved to be invaluable in preparing the posture of my heart for our mission.  Every moment was spent driving through Guatemala, taking in the scenery, haggling at the market, zip-lining through the mountains, and ultimately experiencing God’s creation.

While Guatemala is very beautiful, it is also a country in visible need. After looking up some information, I discovered that Guatemala is a predominantly poor country that struggles in several areas of health and use, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.   Nearly one-half of Guatemala’s children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world.  

There’s nothing like being immersed in another culture to make you evaluate your way of living.  

Driving through the foothills of the mountains, I was reminded that blessings are not owed to us. We are so blessed as Americans.

God’s goodness is inside us…it is poured out when we take a week from our regularly scheduled program to go and be that listening ear when it seems no one else cares and to think of others more than we think of ourselves. God’s goodness is manifested in the fruit of His people.  

I am thanking Him for all of His blessings because I recognize that all that I have is given by a great God. 

While I don’t think we are all called to give up everything to live on mission, I do think we are called to live on mission. Mission in our community, in our schools, at our place of work, for the church, outside of the church…wherever you find people.  Let us go and be the feet of Jesus wherever God has us!


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