I wanted to post a mission trip wrap-up with some key points from my recent Honduras trip ( Medical Mission Outreach). This is my seventh mission trip overall, my second medical mission trip, and my first venture working in surgery.
Here are my five biggest takeaways:
My favorite part of the trip was praying with our patients. It was my privilege to work with Dr. Thomas Sims, who prayed with each patient before surgery. We stood in a common waiting area with other people gathered around, and he asked for God’s blessing, guidance, and healing. These experiences were the most powerful part of the whole trip.
2. Fellowship at Work
I truly enjoyed being surrounded by other strong Christians. In my everyday work life, the environment is frequently toxic, and I flounder in my own walk with God. To experience camaraderie, mutual respect, and joy on the job every day was awesome.
Everyone donated their time, money, and talents. I’m humbled by the character of the people on this trip. The warmth, openness, and vulnerability was truly a blessing and an inspiration.
Multiple people shared deep things about themselves within the first five minutes of meeting them. Vulnerability, even with a person one knows well, can be difficult. These people trusted in God and that trust bled over into their other relationships.
Worshipping at the church in another language and having two cultures praising God together also was a sight to behold and experience.
I had the best coffee I’ve ever had in Honduras. I am not kidding, people. It was so dark but thin and smooth; the taste was second to none. I brought three bags home, and I cannot wait to try it.
5. The Country
I’ve visited Central America multiple times, but I enjoyed the specific experience with the Honduran patients. Surgical candidates waited eight hours to meet with us, and, when we were finally able to see them, they offered no hostile tones, no sense of entitlement, and no complaining.
They waited eight hours in a non-air-conditioned hospital lobby and the only thing they exuded was gratitude. How much I can learn from their example!
Medical Missions Outreach travels all over the world on mission trips designed to display God’s love and healing power. If you’re looking for an organization, I wholeheartedly support this one.
The key is not where you go but that you go. The reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t spend time and money on a mission trip are extensive and logical, I’m sure, but trust me when I tell you there is no better investment in other people, God’s kingdom, and yourself.