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Thread: Have you ever been on a "Mission Trip"?

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    No, I don't mean a mission to get fabric or supplies!

    Rather, a church or medical mission trip.

    Having just returned from a trip to Nicaragua with my three teenagers and 16 other people from church, I was just wondering if anyone else on the forum has ever been "out on mission".

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    I haven't, but would love to hear more about yours and pics if possible :wink:

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    Yep, Mexico multiple times and Paraguay once. We do vision clinics distributing used eye glasses and dental clinics, too.

    Take a look at the free sharing sites on Shutterfly.com as a great place to share your pics. Can't wait to see them!

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    No, not me, but my DDIL and DGD (age 15)are in Czech Republic right now. Teaching English and sharing God's Word. Due to come home Sun.

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    I have at 19, long time ago, to Belize Central America with YWAM and so have several of my children but to different places and with different organizations. One of my DD just came back.

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    Never been on one, but had a friend go on one last year. Sounded very interesting.
    would love to hear about your experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sally's girl
    No, not me, but my DDIL and DGD (age 15)are in Czech Republic right now. Teaching English and sharing God's Word. Due to come home Sun.

    Wow my DDs' friend is there right now too and should be coming back. Sound slike they might be at the same program.

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    Our church did a vision trip to Mexico about three years ago. I would have gone on that but the kids were too young yet.

    I'm still processing all the information that I learned while in Nicaragua. So I'll post more when I have it all sorted out in my mind, and when I download the pictures from my camera.

    We were running a kids camp, taking children from the dump in Granada and giving them three days of regular meals and normal childhood play; games, a few English lessons, music, a Bible lesson, swimming, and just plain old-fashioned love and attention.

    Apparently $5 / day working in the sugar cane fields is considered a "good" wage; the folks working in the dump, digging for recyclable plastic and metal might get $1 every day or every other day.

    I'm having a good deal of trouble reconciling the fact that I can blow, on a mediocre lunch, the entire daily wage of someone working MUCH harder than I do.

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    Yes, to Mexico. But only once for me. My DH and kids have all been on multiple mission trips, mostly to Mexico and Romania.
    I had a wonderful experience. Went with several adults and college students and we worked on fixing up a "compound"/ home of one of our missionaries where the high schools kids base their trips.
    I usually have to stay home and work, or care for the dogs or such. I hope to go to Romania either next summer or the summer after. I will have to be able to quit work first though.

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    So wonderful that you were able to go and spread God's love and care to others!!!

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    My brother's in-laws went to Uruguay (I think) for 2 years on a church mission and they had to pay $10,000 each to go on this mission. That seems rather expensive to me when you are helping others, but then again I guess someone has to pay for them to eat and for a place to stay.

    Did you have to pay? I am not asking how much, but I am just curious if you did. I have a friend that just got back from El Salvador. I know she had to pay something but not sure how much.

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    My DD and family are full time in the Philippines. I've been there twice and Panama lots of times when they were there.

    They are school teachers to mostly missionary kids.

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    We paid $700 a person, that was for our plane tickets. I don't know how much it cost per person for our stay at the camp; the church paid for that but I was told that the cost "was minimal".

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    I went to the Dominican Republic years ago when I was a newish OR nurse. It was with the Christian Medical Society and we had an opthalmic mission. We saw hundreds of people with eye problems, gave out glasses that had been donated and I ran the OR with 1 other nurse. We set up shop in a trailer that had a little sterilizer and most of the stuff we needed. I will never forget the experience. Especially the tarantula!!
    I have 2 nieces who are full time missionaries (Moldova and Portugal) and 1 nephew who is a pastor in Indiana and a niece married to a pastor in Ontario.

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    When in college we operated a Mission Church in a very rundown section of Knoxville Tn. The only other thing I've done is to take clothes to childrens homes in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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    I went with our church youth group to Mexico a few years ago--I stayed at the church where they put us up, to cook for everyone after they worked/bible class. We haven't been back since things were getting bad over there.

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    I went to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, with Alliance Women(Christian Missionary Alliance Church) back in 2000 I think that was the year, it was a wonderful trip, We visited our missionaries and got to see first hand the work that was being done there, it was a trip of a lifetime. Lace

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    Anna quilts, small world, the church held differnt fund raisers and total for each of the 3 that went was $1500..also each person sent letters out to friends and family....some people donated $300 to them...God sure works in mysterious ways.....eachperson paid for their passport

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    Yes, DH & I went with our church to English WV. We built a storage shed for a church, ran a Vacation Bible School & basketball camp, worked in a food pantry, repaired a roof for a womans and children crises center, and met some of the most amazing people God ever created. I still think of them 4 years later. If you ever get the oportunity to go on a mission trip, please go.

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    I haven't but DD just returned from Siberia on Wed. night. She said it was a wonderful experience.

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    Our previous church was helping to support a small children's home in southern Tijuana..about 35 kids. We went down about every 6 weeks or so to take food and other supplies. We would spend the weekend, sharing Jesus with the kids and doing work around the place. Our kids learned so much there...how not to value material goods so much. It was only a 4 hour trip from home by car, so pretty easy to do and wasn't expensive. We did it for over 3 years, and I have very fond memories. Very scary to go there now...with the drug wars going on. We don't go any more. Sad.

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    I haven't, but GD has been to Mexico, the Bahamas, and this summer Peru. She really enjoys all that, but this will probably be the last for a while since she is in grad school.

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    I spent six weeks volunteering at a camp in CA.

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    I have not, but DH has been to Belize several years ago and built a church, school, and re-painted seveal homes.
    Three folks from our church just got back from Guatemala two weeks ago and will present their experiences tomorrow in our church service.
    Last year we had 4 or 5 go to Russia and tried to work with the street kids without much success. They did go to several orphanages and help there.

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