August 10, 2015
Every evening for the past several months, I would put the kids to bed and cozy up with my chromebook and start searching. I researched places around the entire world. Looked at everything from medical missions in Africa to hockey camps for Jesus in Russia. I sent emails galore and received few responses.
Then, I finally came across something that seemed promising. A program through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) called Mission Builders International. They recruit short-term volunteers and match them with global ministry opportunities within Youth With A Mission. Mission Builder volunteers “lift up the arms” of frontline missionaries through practical, hands-on service.
This sounded absolutely perfect!!!
After discovering Mission Builders, my routine changed a bit. I would find myself looking at all of the YWAM bases throughout the world searching for one that could use our help and was willing and able to take kids too.
In my search, I came across the website for the YWAM St. Croix base and read the following:
“We get it! We have five families on base and ten kids under the age of eleven. We understand the unique situations that families face, but we also see the unique gift that it can be to your family! One of the greatest things that you can do for your child is to expose them to another culture while they are learning more about God and how to serve others! It helps to change/form worldviews that are priceless! Kids learn by doing, and short-term missions is a way to teach them about serving, loving others, and Gods heart for the nations in a way that your kids will never forget. It is also a great opportunity to bond as a family as you work together without all the distractions that you face at home. This is also a good first time opportunity as we are a US Territory. If you are willing to take a “leap of faith,” we are willing to help you discover missions with your family!”
On May 15th, I sent them an email to double-check that they allow REALLY little kids (a lot of ministries have a minimum age of 6 or older) and what the cost would be to stay for two weeks. And unlike many of the other places I had contacted in the past, someone sent me answers the very next day!
After months of praying and preliminary planning (time off from work, finances, etc), we purchased 4 plane tickets to St. Croix last week! I am beyond excited and so incredibly nervous all at the same time. We will be going in February 2016!
Part of me is hesitant to publish these posts. My pride keeps telling me I should wait until after everything is completely said and done before telling what we’re doing. That way, if the entire trip is a horrendous disaster, nobody would be the wiser! I want to be honest and transparent about what’s happening though. Life is hard and often messy. Being a Christian does not mean living a perfect storybook life. It means trying your best to live this life making a difference for eternity.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.