“Think about it, you paid money to come spend eight days working in Honduras,” said my youth pastor, and for the first time I did.
Up until that moment this past June, the two weeks I would spend in the Third World country had become just another trip to take. It was an experience to which I would be able to remark, “Yeah, I went to Honduras – I had a great time! Somewhere along the way leading up to it, I had lost the meaning of this mission trip and the real reason why I was going. It had slipped from my mind and heart during all the preparation for the trip. I knew for sure I was bound to have a great time going out of the country, but I just couldn’t wrap my mind around why God had put on my heart the urgency to go on this mission.
Hearing that statement directed at me, it began to make sense. Listening, and then absorbing an outside perspective, I began to understand what I had become so baffled about inside. God wanted me exactly where he had placed me; physically present in Honduras. Sure, money could have gotten anyone to Honduras for eight days; it was what I was doing in taking a part to change the world that nobody else but me could do. It was not enough just to have read His message, but I needed to see His message. No greater love have I ever known than His which I felt in Honduras. Through the smiles, hugs and laughter of the children and people, I saw this love.
Society has long made evident the differences in race, gender, native language, material possessions (or lack thereof) and culture. At the start of the trip, I had doubts of whether physical differences would get in my way of seeing both physical and spiritual similarities. Would my version of ‘Spanglish’ even suffice as a means of communication? So quickly was I hit over the head with true reality; we may come from different backgrounds, upbringings and countries, but underneath it all, are not we all just human?
Love is the universal language. In understanding this message, I rediscovered why I had come to Honduras in the first place.
Dear Reader: This page may contain affiliate links which may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Our independent journalism is not influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative unless it is clearly marked as sponsored content. As travel products change, please be sure to reconfirm all details and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.