I’ve gone on a few mission trips over the years. Here’s what I’ve learned and experienced by going on these Jesus centered humanitarian adventures.
1. I am the one who usually experiences the richest blessing and reward from the acts of service
2. I gain a whole new appreciation and respect for other cultures and gain a renewed a perspective on how incredibly blessed my life is.
3. God speaks to me in a clear, direct ways that I don’t often eperience in my normal routine.
4. The relationships that are formed with other team members are deep and long lasting.
5. I get inspired by those who are dedicating their whole life to missions work in very challenging environments. Experiencing their world allows me to find ways to encourage them and pray for them in very specific ways.
If you have not participated in a mission focused trip outside of your culture, you should. It’s eye opening and faith expanding. God calls us to get out of our “normal” life to partner with him in this great adventure.
About this trip and how you can help me make this happen. Jenni traveled to Moldova last year to see what Beginning of Life Moldova (partners of Children’s Hope Chest) is doing to rescue, rehabilitate and prevent human traficking. She got to experience what they do on a dailby basis and to spend time encouraging young women who have been through hell and are now trying to live a restored life. You can read more about her and last years team experiences here. (Scroll down to see several posts from last year’s trip.)
This coming February Jenni and I will be taking this trip again along with a team for our Paseo Church family. Jenni has explained a lot about what we are going to be doing and the expenses of the trip that need to be covered here so I am not going to re-write but I’ll paste in the meat of her post.
will be working with Beginning of Life Moldova (a HopeChest in country partner) to help bring awareness to their programs that assist trafficked, abused and exploited girls/women. BOL operates three programs that we will be visiting/working in:
- A rehabilitation house – Girls live here after they have been rescued. The girls in the safe house are ages 8-16. They live at the safe house where they receive holistic spiritual and psychological treatment.
- A reintegration and independent living program – Once the girls have completed treatment they move to this phase of the program where they continue to receive ongoing treatment and begin to learn life skills, receive job training, and prepare for independent living. We’ll also visit with girls who have successfully completed the program and are now in independent living.
- Prevention program – BOL and HopeChest work in schools and offer training and support groups to educate vulnerable children and teens to connect them with services and prevent trafficking. We will be working in the schools and assisting with this program. There are pieces of the prevention program that deal with crisis pregnancy and abortion prevention that we may also be visiting.
We’ll also be meeting with staff, checking out the local area, learning about Moldovan culture, and participating in worship and just spending time with the girls. It’s EXTREMELY rare that outsiders are allowed in to work with actual victims of trafficking. This is humbling… a privilege… and I can’t wait for my team to experience all that I did last year.
Paseo (my home church) is strategically sending all of us on this trip to figure out how we can permanently partner with BOL/HopeChest in. Our ground costs are $1,000 and flight will be another $1,500 or so. Since Brian and I are both going, the total cost for both of us is $5,000. We humbly ask that you partner with us.
I’d like to ask you all to consider the following:
(1) Prayer: We need prayer. Moldova is far from “safe”. We actually had to sign a waiver in our application that stated we understood that there would be no efforts of negotiations if we were kidnapped. I highly doubt that will happen… but the fact that THAT needed to be signed warrant for SOME prayer. Please pray with us and FOR us. Please pray for our children. We aren’t taking them with us, though I really would love to one day… but for now, that they’d feel secure at home with the friends we are leaving them with.
(2) Financially: We need to raise $5,000. It sounds like a lot. It IS a lot if just ONE of us had to pay it. But if 50 people partnered with me for $100 or 100 people partnered with $50, that could be covered quickly. This letter is going out to 400+ friends/subscribers. Every little bit counts and is EXTREMELY appreciated.
If you feel called to help in this way, you can simply CLICK HERE (or on the Online Giving logo on the right column) and give your tax-deductible donation to Paseo. Just make sure you label it: “CLAYVILLE’S-MOLDOVA” in the “Description” section.
I have not stepped out to do something like this trip since 2007 so it’s time. I work on commission in my mortgage business so it is a sacrifice because when I’m not out interacting with people my business generally slows down. I am trusting that God will continue to provide new clients and my business will be in capable hands while I’m gone. I trust my kids will be protected and loved and not miss us too much while we are gone.
I look forward to sharing the ways we saw God working in Moldova, with our team and in our own hearts. Partner with me!