The following is from a missions blog from The Village Church, located in multiple campuses in the Dallas, TX area. Although not connected with VVMI, we share the view that missions trips should not be simply “an exotic, religious vacation.” Perhaps you share that view and would like to consider going on a mission trip with VVMI?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website for photos and information on trips. VVMI does medical and dental service trips to Guatemala and the Philippines, in addition to other types of trips.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
As the Guatemala II team arrived at Fundaninos Orphanage near Guatemala City on Friday, we were informed that there had been an incredible outbreak of lice among the children. In an act that clearly demonstrated transformed hearts and sacrificial love, the young women of The Village decided to work to solve the lice problem. For two days the ladies picked lice and eggs from the children’s hair and washed all their sheets and clothes. Some of the kids were so infested that it took two women three hours to pull the nits out. While the act would be enough to show sacrifice to the children, the way the women went about it with loving joy, patience, gentleness and kindness demonstrated the fruit of the Spirit, set the children at ease and even made the experience fun for some of them.
Most of the time short-term mission trips are marketed toward our desire for adventure and travel. So mission trips have become highly expensive exotic religious vacations. “Travel to Beautiful Burmuda for the Lord” is how most missions’ brochures read. You never see a mission trip brochures that says, “Come to Guatemala to pick lice out of an orphan’s hair.” However, this is the type of self-sacrifice to which God calls us. The gift of Christ is that He sacrificed Himself so that we might have true life and true transformation. Not the type of transformation that masks a vacation as being for the Lord, but the type that removes our desire for ourselves and replaces it with sacrificial love for others.
May we all learn to love God and others so much that we find contentment, and even joy, in picking lice out of an orphan’s hair.