This past January of 2010, I went on a mission’s trip with a group from my church to Taipei, Thailand. Our group consisted of about twenty people and we traveled over there for two weeks to provide child care for the Annual Thailand Conference (ATC). It took us 3 flights and 36 hours to arrive in Taipei; let’s just say the jet lag took a toll on most of us. However, the day after we arrived we were up and running; setting up for the conference. We looked after about a hundred children, who were separated into five different groups: infants, toddlers, pre-k, primary’s, and tweens. The group I helped with was the primary and tweens, where we ran a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for them. These children are some of the most amazing kids I have ever met in my entire life. Not only were they obedient, humble, and outgoing, their knowledge of the Bible outweighed my own and they are years younger than me. These kids live in foreign countries by their own will and had completely nothing to complain about. As for me, being away from home was somewhat difficult. I realized how much we take for granted being able to live in such a free country. Thailand is ruled by a king and they do not have the freedom of religion; they do not have many freedoms at all. I even realized the little things I take for granted, like being able to drink water out of the faucet, or our nice California weather. However, when we were not with the kids we had the opportunity to go and see the country. Thailand is a very beautiful place with lots of exotic plants and places. We had the opportunity to go Zip lining through the jungle on a tour called The Flight of the Gibbon. A Gibbon is a species of money. We also got to ride elephants and pet lions and tigers! That was one of my most favorite parts of the trip. The people there are super friendly and the culture is very interesting. They have this thing called a fish spa; it’s where you put your feet into a tank full of sucker fish and they suck all the dead skin off of your feet. The experience was unlike anything I have ever done before; I laughed so hard! We also did many other things, such as going to the night market, or getting massages, but nothing compared to spending time with the missionaries at the conference. This trip brought a reality to my eyes that I would have never seen anywhere else. It made me feel for others and brought me closer to God. When I got home from the trip, it actually led me to apply to the college that I am now going to be attending, BiolaUniversity. It also put on my heart that I too may become a missionary one day. This trip was no doubt life changing and I am planning on going back next year again to serve.
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