Short term missions

Unexpected

From our Project HOPEFUL Awassa Director-Greg:

As we wound down the day we had just a few visits and it was our last day.

Throughout the week we saw many needs and we were able to meet many of them but still had funds left; one of our team members was overfunded for his trip and we had the funds on hand to use at his discretion. We still had a good amount left and were thinking about what to do with that money before we departed.

We arrived at one of the areas to meet a young man whom another of our team members sponsors. As we waited for the program administrator to arrive we interacted with some local children and enjoyed the morning.

I noticed a small run-down hut nearby and a lady emerged doing her morning chores and the things she needed to do to care for her family. I approached her and spoke using some of the few Sidamic words I’ve learned to greet her and speak God’s blessings over her. She returned a greeting and kind smile and went about her business. It became obvious that the person we were waiting for would be late but our  sponsored teen arrived so we made the most of the time and talked with him and his brother that accompanied him.

As we waited, I asked one of the Ajuuja staff members that was with us if it would be appropriate to visit the nearby home while we waited. He agreed to ask and see if she would welcome us in or not. She said we were welcome to visit but asked that we wait until she got the cows out. She then proceeded to escort the […]

Short term missions

Around ‘The Church’ there has been a lot of negativity toward organizations and individuals participating in short term mission trips. I find it very interesting because 10 years ago there were attacks against Christians for NOT going and just ‘throwing our money’ at the poor.  I wanted to enter this conversation because it is very personal to me.

In 2008, I went on a two week mission trip to southern, rural India.  Until that point I had never seen poverty.  On this trip I saw, smelled, tasted, touched, and encountered a whole new world.  The reality of what I experienced touched me in a profound way.  I literally came UNDONE!

In 2009, my husband returned with me to India.  On this second trip we asked God to break our hearts for what breaks His.  He was faithful to answer.  We built relationships with some girls at an orphanage where we were privileged to spend three days.  It was a wonderful facility!  The children were well cared for, and loved, and still they DESIRED to BELONG in a family.  We returned home broken.  We completely changed the way we thought about our money and where and how we spent it.  We sold our cars; we down sized our lifestyle; and we opened our hearts to adoption.

Fast forward 5 years.  In addition to our four biological children, we have three adopted children ages 6, 2 and 1.  All three of our children who were adopted have special needs:  either HIV or Down syndrome.  I also began working for Project HOPEFUL where we advocate for “overlooked” orphans all over the world.  We work with HIV+ mothers to empower them so that their children will never be orphaned.  Our three […]