Everyday we all want to be doing something that is significant to somebody somewhere in the world. Whether it is volunteer work or our everyday job. Many times we come upon a barrier of some sort that slows us down or may even stop us completely. These barriers can be fear, selfishness, anxiety, worries about what if, etc. It often takes great courage to break down these barriers especially in our everyday life.
As this mission trip week continues I am observing our youth breakdown some barriers that have been difficult to handle in the past. These include interacting with people in need and building relationships with kids that may be living in difficult home situations. I am also observing youth breaking down barriers within our group of mission trip people. The mix of kids is very diverse with many groups of friends that in everyday life may hardly spend anytime together at all. As this week continues new friendships are beginning to form and new connections are being made that may never have existed due to the barriers of everyday life at home.
One of the reasons you get so much out of a mission trip is you get to remove so many barriers of life and just be present with a group of youth and adults that are working together to experience life in a different way. I feel blessed to be part of this opportunity and pray my contribution is making a difference in the lives of others.
Peace to you.