Thursday, November 18, 2010
So someone asks you why..."Why would you travel 10,000 miles to visit orphans?" That would be a tough question to answer if you were just looking at this as a vacation getaway. If you were thinking about exotic locations and sitting back and enjoying a tropical rum drink, India is probably the last place that you might choose. While there are many places that are very beautiful to visit; the place we are going to is probably not considered one of them...at least for external beauty.
One Life Children's Home located in the Visak district in Andrha Pradesh, India is our destination for 11 days this coming December...actually in 29 days and counting. Things in the United States seem so easy to fix, throw a little money at a problem and it's gone from our minds, at least temporarily. So why not just pony up and spend some cold hard cash and just make way for something else?
The main purpose of this trip besides getting to spend some great time with some deserving kids is for the opportunity to change. Change not so much for them, or change for change sake alone but rather what happens to ME and those who go along on these trips. You can't stop the change that happens within yourself but you hope that the revelations you have will continue when you get back so that you can put them to use in your current life.
I won't get too deep or evangelical at this point; but I would say that if you have never gone on a mission trip because you think you don't have any skills or calling to go; you are missing a very special part of your life that you may never known that you could have. People from all walks of life, young and old, professionals and laborers, go and make a difference in lives. I hope you see something here in both mine and ours (my family) that may encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Have a great day!