To travel means to go from one place to another, have fun on trips and tours, to see a change that will last a life time. I too have traveled, it was no ordinary journey, but a little something called a mission trip, only it was not as small as one may think, rather much more of an experience than any would have ever thought. A change both in and out, a smile reflected from the sun, and a willing heart full of love and compassion, yet simple and complex.
I had nothing to say, taken over by admiration, I gave thanks to have been given such a perfect opportunity to visit such lovely country. Beautiful air full of humidity and nature greeted me at the arrival in El Salvador. Taking it all in, not believing what I was seeing with my own two eyes, on the way to the hotel a summary had been given of what to expect over the next week. Boy was I fervent, we arrived at the hotel, settling in and waking the next morning to a sunny day, the other half of the group then came waltzing in with suitcases and all. This was only the beginning of my one week mission trip to El Salvador.
Throughout the whole week the group got to spend time together not only on the bus trips but side by side we stood as one while working to serve others. To serve we played with children and gave them full attention, spoke to teens, and handed out bags of food to families. Every day was brand new, and a lesson came with the light of each day. I learned certain things about myself that I never knew were there, I was taught without words that by caring for someone other than myself I tend to be a lot more useful. I also learned to take in each and every opportunity given because one may never know when it is someone’s last chance to learn the true significance of life.
On the mission trip I conversed with people of all ages not letting cultural and language differences get in the way. I spoke to very wise elders, children with hearts full of life, and young people who squeezed me in as a close and valuable friend. These may have been different age groups but they all taught me one thing, the outside is of no importance but the inside is what really counts. Even if all I did was put a smile on their faces they would shine like beams of light from the sun, a true reflection of happiness. And if it meant that I had to wake up early in the mornings to see a smile as that it would be all worth it.
Not only did I make long lasting relationships full of meaning and importance but these friendships were so true and sincere that in one day my new friends had given me knowledge of my own insight, insight that I could not have found on my own. I can personally say that my trip to El Salvador has been the best yet. Every person and place that took part in the trip was a new blessing in my life. Nothing whatsoever was wasted, the time and effort put into getting to the country of El Salvador was more than significant, it was a free pass to abundant in everything. At this point all I can do is give thanks for such an opportunity given to me, and hope it may not be my last.
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