Four years ago, my grandparents took me on my first mission trip with them to Nicaragua. I traveled with them for a week on a medical mission trip and loved every minute of it. The mission bug bit me and I was hooked. I felt a strong desire to travel the world and share the love of God that I have.
During Spring Break I had the opportunity to go on my first mission trip to Peru. I was excited to travel with my youth group. Most people want to work with the younger children, but I chose to work with girls my age, 14-17. Just like everywhere else in the world, they acted like typical teenage girls. We worked with them for a week, teaching them the word of God. They sucked up every word like a sponge. We formed friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. We bonded so much that I felt the immediate need to return. In fact, I talked to my parents about returning before I even came home.
Being able to travel there was an incredible opportunity that I was excited and anxious to do again. In July, I returned to Peru with the same organization as before, I was able to work with the same group of young ladies as I had during Spring Break. The girls had no idea I was returning until I stepped off the bus. We were able to reconnect immediately and not have to start from scratch. They gave us more time to grow our friendship and spend more time teaching and learning about God. This only fueled my love and desire to spread Gods word through missions.
Because of these experiences, both in Nicaragua and Peru, I plan to continue my hearts desire to travel and spread the word of God through missions. My goals for the future includes spending several weeks in Africa next summer, majoring in missions and education in college, and continuing with missions throughout my life.