I'm getting so excited about going to Ethiopia in October. I've had travel fever lately and have been looking back at some of my prior mission trips. Here are a few photos of my second mission trip. My first mission trip was to Mexico in high school, but I didn't have a camera then…thus, there will be no pictures of that trip!
Back in 2007, I went to the Philippines with the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association for two weeks. I had just finished my first year of college. (Yes, I was a baby and looked like one too! Ha!) I'm so glad I went because it really gave me a good perspective for the rest of college. I really did come back a different person.
Every morning we woke up before the crack of dawn, loaded into the “Jeepneys” and traveled for hours sometimes to different schools to share the gospel. Sometimes you traveled to over 10 schools in a single day. By time we made it back to our rooms, we were drenched in sweat and tired physically, emotionally and spiritually, but it was a very rewarding kind of tiredness.
It was a beautiful place. There was greenery everywhere you looked.
I spend most of my days there with kids like these. They stole my heart. I loved learning bits and pieces of their language. They would laugh so hard whenever I tried to say something. I think the teachers had fun teaching me too!
Aren't they so beautiful?
This girl was an angel. After I shared the gospel with this school, she came up and wanted to give me a hug and a kiss. My heart did about a million back-flips.
Yes, I got to ride a caribou. Haha. There were lots of flies, so I quickly got off.
These girls were so sweet. We had such a great time getting to know each other.
The BTEA also has an orphanage in the Philippines. The children there are some of the sweetest I've ever had the pleasure to meet. This was the view from the orphanage. I still remember it as one of the most gorgeous places I've been to in my life. This photo doesn't even come close to doing it justice.
Yes, this is an actual bridge. No, I did not walk on it.
Oh, all the kids stole my heart. They were so loving!
This was our team.
It was during this trip that God really started growing a passion in my heart for missions. I would go every month if I could! I have used the training from this trip many times in different situations as well. It was a huge blessing to see how other people live in other countries! I realized just how much I really have and how much I have to give to others who need far more things than I do!
Have you guys ever been overseas before? What were some of the things you learned?