One of the best things about my role at VisionTrust is getting to lead trips and watch God open the eyes of others to His work around the world. There is something beautiful and refreshing about seeing God work in the life of another individual. A year ago, I was allowed to see this very thing happen in my young friend, Chad. After his trip, he wrote a fantastic post for the VisionTrust blog (located here) and now, after his second trip, he has offered something new.
It is amazing to see the way in which God works when you are willing to stop and pay attention. Quite often, we get so absorbed in our daily lives, that we forget there is an all-powerful God at work around us. Sometimes, it takes getting out of your comfort zone to realize how awesome God really is. I enjoy traveling to the Dominican Republic with VisionTrust for this very reason. It forces me to stop and really pay attention.
I just returned from my second mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Both times I have gone, I have taken away something radically different. The first trip I went on, my eyes were opened to the joy that those less fortunate than us possess. I experienced how happy they were, even though they didn’t have the latest phone or the coolest new toy. However, on my latest trip, God convicted my heart. He revealed himself in a way that could not be ignored. On the trip, our youth pastor stated, “My greatest fear is that we will finish this week and have built a school. I fear that we will put in lots of hard work, but not any heart work.” I believe God put me on the trip because I needed “heart work.” Before the trip I had been struggling with my personal relationship with Christ. I was treating my faith like a check-list. But everything I had been learning over the past few months culminated in this amazing trip. I finally understood that God wants a deep and intimate relationship with every single one of his believers. He does not simply want us to read our Bible, he wants us to live a lifestyle of worship. He wants us to fellowship in biblical community with other believers. God used this trip to reveal himself to me. I needed to take a step back from my own life, to see the way that He works in it.
For anyone who is considering a mission trip, I can guarantee that it can be a life altering experience. Be ready to see the face of God.
2 Peter 1:5-10
Chad heads to college at The University of North Texas in the fall and it is clear he will make a huge impact in his new environment. Pray for him and the work God continues to do in and through him.