Touch the World. That is what I aspired to do and what I set my mind on, the day of October 4, 2008. The slogan that was endlessly repeated in my thoughts was a result of watching video footage of an organization called Global Expeditions, which revolves around mission trips for teenagers. On this two week mission trip to another country I had to continuously break out of my comfort zone, and I saw things I had never seen before. Two weeks in the middle of the jungle showed me how in a few moments, the lives of many can be drastically altered and positively changed.
Ten months after I had been inspired to be a part of something bigger, I was standing in the midst of
Throughout this visit, I met many more other unique and special individuals. A woman’s short leg grew out after fervent prayer of the missionaries! We came to know Antonio, a young man who lingered around the church often but never set a foot inside, on a more personal level. When Antonio entered into the church’s presence one night, I started to notice strange movements coming from him while the sermon was taking place. Slowly, people started to move away from him and others were looking at him with agape expressions. At this point, Antonio was rocking back and forth on the bench and violently bashing his head against the seat in front of him. I was gestured to come down from the podium and once again, the team leaders gathered us together to assist in Antonio’s battle. Nervous, I placed my hand over his chest to get him to look at me while I was speaking. However, Antonio continued to lack eye contact and instead further salivated while his eyes rolled back into their sockets. The remaining of the night was spent on ongoing, powerful prayer.
Looking back at this experience, I am filled with great gratitude for having been a part of something so lovely. Each time I relive a moment from
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