Testimony: Why You Should Go on a Mission Trip
By: Hannah Healy
I believe that everyone should go on a mission trip once in their life. There is just something about a week of selflessness that really changes your life. No matter if you are a Christian, Mormon, or atheist, putting others before yourself has a greater impact on you than you could ever imagine.
Going on a mission trip with the intention of sharing Jesus with others instead of just serving them, is unexplainable. When I gave my life to God, I got to receive His love for me, which was the greatest experience of my life. Not long after that, I got to go overseas and share the same love with people who had never encountered God’s love before.
I was twelve years old when I went to Mexico to share His love. Then, when I was fifteen, I went to Thailand. Those trips sparked something inside of me—to live a life for others instead of solely for myself. Even at such a young age, my life was changed because I saw poverty first hand, I saw depression, I saw pain and sickness, I saw spiritual warfare, I saw hopelessness, and many other things that shook my world.
The greatest part about missions, is that a young person with no particular qualifications can offer people in these countries something that they have never heard of before.
For example, in Mexico there was an eleven year old girl who did not speak to us. She did not come off as shy, she just wouldn’t speak. Later, her mother told us that she had been mute her entire life, so we decided we would pray for her.
As we prayed for her, she got healed and was able to speak! The first words to come out of her mouth were, “Jesus I accept you into my heart.” (in Spanish). Not only did that simple prayer change her life, but my faith grew immensely.
It gave me HOPE, that I can make a difference. Hope that whether I am in my hometown or overseas, God can and will move in people’s lives.
This past summer I went to Cambodia on a mission trip. My expectations were high, but it was the simplest thing that changed my life. I got the chance to go teach English at a Buddhist school in one of the villages. I had done this before in Thailand, but this school was much different from any that I had been to before, and was a whole new challenge.
After the first day of teaching, I beat myself down because I felt like I had done a terrible job, not to mention the language barrier was extremely difficult. We were only teaching at this school for a period of three days, but within those three days, I saw a huge change in that school.
Even though we only had three days we showed up with consistent joy and love for the students. Although we did not have the best lesson plans, the teachers loved us, and the student opened up to us after being so shut off.
They begged us to come back sometime soon, and I’m hoping that I will. Seeing the change in the teachers and students hearts, just from us teaching English, changed my heart. They saw the love of Jesus in us just from us being there.
Despite the challenges I realized that this would not have happened if we didn’t show up.
I have learned things about myself and have learned life lessons while traveling on mission trips.
Honestly, I firmly believe that I would not be the same person I am today without the love of God, and without the experience of sharing His love like I get to do on these mission trips.