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 […]