A Different Kind of Mission Trip

DSC_0891It wasn’t a photo op, a vacation, or a playtime– it was pens, paper, spreadsheets, lists, and translators.

Last week 8 girls from the University of Memphis BCM came to Honduras to create profiles for all of the children in our program [nearly 500]. This information will be sent to sponsors and posted on the POI website in hopes that one day, each and every one of these precious children will have a sponsor.

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These girls came with a heart to serve, not to be seen. I had the opportunity to lead these girls who ended up daily leading me to Christ and encouraging me to love. Every morning I would check my phone to find such real, honest encouragement.

We, as a ministry, believe in the importance of mission trips that empower those serving on a day to day basis. Everything that our mission teams do furthers the ministry of POI to continue after they leave.

This week the BCM team served at a special needs orphanage, gave food at the city dump, and to prostitutes and drunks on the streets. These are ministries continued by the POI churches on a regular basis– by the teams coming they are able to buy extra food as well as have extra helping hands, and love to share.

I truly believe the Lord can do incredible things through our brokenness. It’s one of the many things I have learned from the people in Honduras. While they have no house, no food, no opportunity for education or work, no shoes, and dirty clothes– they have a dependence and joy in Christ unlike anything I have ever seen. As we have the opportunity to meet their physical needs out of our abundance, it doesn’t complete their joy, it only bubbles over the top of the hearts of those already so full of the God of love.

Thank you to everyone who has come humbly beside us to serve, to give and to pray. We are so grateful for each of you who allow the Lord to use you in furthering this ministry.

DSC_0120God sent me to love on these people, and He ended up using those people to teach me how to truly love others. -Lauren Hicks, trip participant. 

 

 

 

 


Who’s Blogging?

meHannah Johnson went on her first on her first mission trip to Honduras nearly six years ago. She now works for the ministry and is passionate about orphan care and the “least of these.”  To read more, click here.

 

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