This week I received my “official”, in-writing notice that I will be part of a mission team from our congregation traveling to Guatemala this summer. Over the next few months I’ll be attending meetings to educate us about the trip, preparing for the trip, and everyone’s favorite pasttime, fundraising for the trip.
For several years now, our congregation has been extremely active in mission work, supporting full-time missionaries as well as sending groups on short-term mission trips all over the world. In the past I’ve been a financial support of friends who have gone on mission trips, but until recently I did not have much interest in going on one myself.
So, what changed my mind? In a word, God. Steadily, over the past year or so, He’s been putting mission work on my heart. Slowly my interest and desire has grown. And so in August I’ll be stepping way out of my boundaries and embarking on my first mission trip.
I don’t know what God has in store for me on this trip. This is primarily a medical missions trip, and I am not medically trained (unless you count the three years I worked in the communications department for a medical codebook publisher). I can write about diagnoses and procedures, but I can’t stomach watching surgeries, not even on “ER”. Needless to say, my duties will fall more into the non-surgical category. I’ll find out more soon as our missions team begins meeting in a couple of weeks.
There’s another major project that is also on my heart for ’08 (which I’ll share at a later time). I’m excited about what the year will bring, but also cognizant that my future is in God’s hands and really not worried about it, which is a great blessing in and of itself! Regardless of where 2008 takes me, I know that God is leading me, and in Him I trust.