Grade 12 Student
MEI Secondary School
“Life isn’t about you; it’s about what you can do for God, and how you can serve other people. That’s something that God taught my whole team over the course of this trip.”
Loving and serving the children of Maranatha provided me with such fulfillment at the end of each day. We were so submersed in being the hands and feet of Jesus. A typical day included: waking up at six, a morning worship and devotions, serving in the community for six hours, coming back to the base, doing a debrief, worship and devotions, and going to sleep. During these moments of service, one event in particular really stood out for me. After playing games, doing crafts with the children, and then preparing and eating lunch every day we would do “Holy Home visits.” This was where our team would split into groups and walk to some of the children’s houses to visit. We were even invited in and saw firsthand how these people lived daily. One visit stood out to me in particular. I visited the home of a grandmother and the two orphan children who she was caring for – one of whom was severely handicapped. I was given the seat of honour, a plastic container. I listened to this woman tell me about her life. She told me, “I have no money, no food; I cannot even provide blankets or clothes for these children when it gets cold.” The look on her face showed that she was pleading with me. I really wanted to help her, but I couldn’t (the organization we worked with was pretty strict about hand-outs). In those moments visiting the poorest of the poor, the realization of what’s important becomes very clear. Life isn’t about you; it’s about what you can do for God, and how you can serve other people. That’s something that God taught my whole team over the course of this trip. We had other amazing life experiences on this trip, and I have so many I wish I could share about the children, the food, and the culture. Through this trip I experienced my faith at a whole new level, and I would encourage others, given the opportunity, to go and do the same!