By: Lydia Johnson
I have always heard people talk about “leaving a piece of their heart” in the Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, or the destination of any other mission trip, but I never truly knew what that meant until the flight home on Saturday. As I sat on the plane, my heart hurt. I felt almost incomplete. I know the love experienced in the last week will be with me wherever I go, but I truly did leave a part of me in Costa Rica. I cannot praise God enough for what He did in my life the past 7 days. Yet, I know the impact of this trip did not end once we landed in Atlanta. He wants my team and I to do so much more with our experiences. He does not want us to simply return to who we were before this trip. No, He wants our experiences to transform who we are and our relationship with Him. I do not know exactly why He chose to send me to Costa Rica last year or again this year, but I know I will not let this be a wasted opportunity. This trip will be a catalyst for changing how I live my day-to-day life in Forsyth County. One of my favorite quotes comes from my favorite book Love Does by Bob Goff. Bob said, “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.” That’s all I had to do to go on this trip. Yes, there were funds to raise and things to pack, but at the very core I only had to tell God, “I’m in.” I never want to stop saying yes to God because He is the Great Adventurer. He is the Creator of all good in this world and I want to walk hand-in-hand with Him whether it’s by serving in Costa Rica, being active in my InsideOut small group, smiling at a random passerby at my high school, or taking the trash out for my parents. In the end, I can’t imagine doing life any other way.
By: Mack Kitchel
As we close the chapter on another incredible adventure with Globalx, I want to thank those that made it possible. Thanks to all the parents for your support and prayers along the way. Thank you to the hundreds of people who gave towards this trip and sacrificed financially so we could serve freely. Thank you to my amazing leaders who made this trip so seamless and enjoyable (Jessica, Jim, Cheryl, Leila, Derek, Ben, Kim, Mack). You are truly wonderful people, and I am so blessed to have spent a whole week with you.
We learned that serving is not just for missions, it’s an attitude and a way of life. For all the parents of students on this trip, you should be extremely proud of your kids. They served each other, our team and most of all, the children of Costa Rica. Every time we return from a high school trip, I’m amazed by how loving our students are. My prayer before this trip was that we would be the hands and feet of Jesus, and your students were just that. So hug your kids tight tonight (even if they resist:) because they displayed the love of Christ to children they barely knew.
I’ll leave you with this final thought. We will never know the full impact we’ve made on each other, and that’s the beauty of the Gospel. It says in Ecclesiastes 11:5 “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”
We are truly blessed to be a small part of something so much bigger than ourselves, the love of Christ.