Going into the trip I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had never traveled to Central America before and was curious about what the week was going to be like. All nervousness went away as soon as we got to the church. Kids were lined up waiting to hug us and the inside was packed with food, music, and warm welcomes. We definitely weren’t the best spanish speakers, but the whole congregation helped us through conversations until we were sharing stories and making friends, despite the language barrier. Throughout the week, we worked with Pastor Silver to help him develop several programs and connect with the community. Our goal was to spread God’s love and bring more people to the church. From painting the church, prison ministry, food distribution, school visits, and taking kids from the feeding program to a water park, we really got to do it all. I really enjoyed the food distribution because we were able to go to each house and talk to the families and really get to know who they are and what their story is. We prayed with them and let them know there was a church who cared for them, which usually ended in happy tears and hugs. By the end of the week, I definitely felt like I was a part of the community.
This mission trip really showed me that God’s love is so much bigger than we realize. In a country that isn’t as fortunate as we are, the kindness and devotion to living like Jesus is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I learned that even though we live in completely different places, we’re really all the same. We all have struggles, we all go through hard times, but we all also have God’s love to help us through. The friendships I made during this trip are something I cherish and that’s the main reason I can’t wait to go back next year. I had so much fun talking to everyone and hanging out with the community that it didn’t even feel like we were working. I still regularly talk to several of the people I met from the community on Facebook, and am so thankful that this trip gave me that. I highly recommend going on this trip because not only will you give to the community, but you’ll come back feeling like the community also gave a lot to you.
- Kristy Duncan