I had every intention of posting this back in May or June, but pregnancy and morning sickness really caught up with me. I am posting it now, obviously. :) Our missionary friends are in the U.S. on furlough and we really miss them, especially this time of year. The following is just one of the fond memories we have with them.
Early May we were honored to be invited along by some fellow missionaries on one of their out reach efforts. The goal was to assist and encourage a national church planter, as he and his wife live and labor among a very closed neighborhood. The neighborhood has permitted their children to come for daily after school tutoring and Bible studies, but the adults have been very reluctant to engage with Manuel and Glenda in anyway. We offered very limited services; a very basic eye exam, dental care workshop, barber (turns out you can trust a bald barber), and ear cleaning. I was able to weigh a few babies and go over warning signs in pregnancy with some of the ladies in the waiting area.
All this gave the community a better opportunity to get to know Manuel and Glenda and to speak to some about spiritual matters. We are thankful to our missionaries friends for allowing us to join them in part of their ministry. It was a great ministry trip for our visiting niece and our kiddos. They helped out in lots of areas. Glamorous things like hauling water, sweeping up hair, and examining and cleaning out ears. However, the best thing they did, the thing I am the proudest of is, they showed themselves friendly. Well done my young people.
What do you think? What makes short-term mission trips successful or not so successful? What was the most important way you helped on your last mission trip?