…there are those moments in life that hit home and break our hearts, or make us realise there is a better or different way to live. Moments of clarity on how life really is.
I have met a lot of people who have ventured overseas to go on mission in the hope of changing the world – a hugely valid and hopeful aspiration…often what happens is that they are changed far more than they thought possible.
My wife, Chloe, went on mission a few years ago to Kenya. Her first day there was…interesting…they were taken to the slum where they were going to be working, and shown around. Walking back home at the end of the day, Chloe was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the sights, smells, heat and general this-is-way-out-of-my-comfort-zone experience of her first day in the developing world. She turned around to say something to a team member and promptly fainted, falling backwards into the open sewer running through the street. An amusing (for everyone else) but less than ideal start to 3 months in Kenya.
You wonder why I tell you that story, when trying to encourage you about going to experience the developing world.
Well, whilst the start of the trip was horrible, it was on that trip to Kenya that Chloe had one of those experiences that changed her. Not just changed, but transformed – an opening of the eyes, a breaking of the heart, a re-ordering of priorities of life which seem to only happen when we’re elsewhere, when we’re serving and working with the poor. I tell you the story, because Chloe wouldn’t change her Kenya trip for anything…that despite the hideous start, it was an experience that changed her for life.
We’d love to hear your stories and experiences and life-change. Where have you been? What did you see? What did God do? Will you go again…?
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