I am not one who takes many trips. But this one experience left me with way more than just an enjoyable week. My youth group at Trinity Lighthouse Church decided to try out their very first mission trip. We live in Texas, so we hear constantly of the terrible effects of the hurricanes that strike near the coast. Many people complain about this but do not do anything to help. I am honored to say that I made sure I was involved. We left for this trip summer of 2009 and took a six hour drive to the devastation. Our goal was to make a difference in the lives of the people affected by Hurricane Ike. We partnered up with churches around the nation, who were also willing to help, and went around to the destroyed homes around the area. This not only brought new people in our lives, but gave us all a sense of unity to these new people we were meeting and to the people we were helping. Our tasks included putting in new insulation, adding drywall, and giving the home owners a finished piece of shelter they could call home once again. It is funny how some of the most exhausting periods of time can end up become the most beneficial. This week brought a new meaning to each and every one of our lives. We were no longer just high school kids living for ourselves. This was truly made evident by the homeowner we had helped. We had spent only one week with Barbara but on our leaving her tears showed just how tremendously appreciative she was. I can personally say that I do not need a “Vacation” to give me a worthwhile experience. At times people just want a break, but I feel that were not put on the world for relaxing. Many have been bless with the capability to help those who each and every day try to make the most of a life that is not going to well for them. So I will proudly call this mission trip a vacation. It was a vacation from living an everyday selfish life. It took until after the trip for me to truly realize what an experience it was. But I left that place a new person. I had discovered that everyday could be a vacation. Life is not about “us”, it is about being that help that is so desperately needed. It is truly gratifying to help others.
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