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3 Things I Learned on My Mission Trip to the Philippines

 

 

When I volunteered to go on this mission trip almost a year ago, I had no idea what to expect.  I didn’t know a thing about the Philippines (I now think it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world),  I didn’t know if I would know anyone going or if they would accept me into their group (the love was mutual),  and I wasn’t sure I could rough it the way that was needed in this situation.

I had always wanted to go on a mission trip. I have a set of skills that can be used for good and that makes it really easy to give back in a way that counts.  I wanted to use those skills and decided to take a leap of faith.  A leap of faith that I would be safe, feel fulfilled, my life and business would be ok without me, that I would make new friends, help and touch others and that it would be worth it to travel halfway across the world to give to a people I don’t know.  It was the best decision I ever made!

Last night when my husband was complaining about something silly that would have usually sent me into a tailspin of guilt and anxiety, I just started giggling.   It was so silly that it was amusing. My giggling made him laugh too!

These are the 3 things I learned on my mission trip:

1. Let go and live:   You can’t control much when there is a shortage of amenities, but you do learn to go with the flow.   It is what it is and you might as well enjoy what the day brings.   I used to take a yoga class where the teacher would tell us to watch the day unfold and see what adventure each day brings.  It makes you look at your day differently, when you come from that place, and each day is its own gift and adventure.  You will meet the right people and cross paths with the right experiences. You are right where you are supposed to be.

2. Don’t take our everyday life for granted. We are blessed beyond belief here in America or the west but we pay a price for it.  We pay for it with anxiety, worry, guilt, and a 24/7 work attitude that we sometimes forget to enjoy what we are blessed with!

3. Go on a mission trip!  It is the best way to remind yourself that we live and love in a big world.  A world that is so much bigger than that promotion, extra degree, or fancy shoes.   When I got broken open several years ago (divorce, partnership breakup, starting over) I understood the material side of that.  But there is nothing like seeing how others live in a setting so different from ours to get that through and remind you when you forget (which we all do on the treadmill we call life here sometimes).

In the end, I’m so happy I went.   I’m going again next year and probably will every year for as long as I can. I learned so much that I couldn’t have possibly learned from any number of self-help books, or deep discussions. It was an easy learning, it just infused into my being and I hope it lasts till next year’s trip. I’m grateful and blessed beyond words for this opportunity that a group of amazing new friends included me in.

I hope my story inspires you to go on a mission trip of your own to some remote beautiful part of the world that needs you as much as you need it.

 

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5 Keys to the Perfect Mission Trip

                        1. Pick an awesome group that has done this before. MMOM’s is a veteran group of professionals that have been doing these mission trips for 15 years. They have it down to a science. Even though the mission sites can be chaotic andContinue Reading

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  1. iresgalido@yahoo.com' IRES says:

    Dearest Miss Alex, on our way home after staying in the clinic for 2 hours and having my old tooth extracted and my sister too. We kept on talking about the experience…i kept on reminiscing how great you are you me…and to others too. I hope you’ll be able to join me in our Radio Station here in Sorsogon and inspire our listeners too. We need more people like you. Thank you so much to the MMOM Doctors and staff for choosing philippines and helping us Sorsoganuns! As we say it here in the Philippines: ‘Mabuhay!’ (Long Live) and here in Sorsogon: ‘Dios Mabalos’ (God bless you, and God will always provide) Have a safe trip going back home. I know you’ve got losts and lots of stories to tell to your loving husband and kids about your experience. May they grow up just as loving and caring and adorable like you!

    Love,
    IRES

  2. iresgalido@yahoo.com' IRES says:

    Hi Miss Alex. Thank you so much for being so kind to us the other day! It was a great day for me and for others who were there to avail the services being offered for ‘free’. You know often times poverty is what hinders us in getting what we really need, because there’s a lot more important things and stuff we need to prioritize and spend to. I really loved and enjoyed your company and i was hoping to see you again. I regretted i hesitated, asking you to share a picture with me. Thanks to Technology, I can message you in Face Book and here on you blog. It felt better.

    Love,
    IRES…your latest fan-patient.

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Medical Mission Trip Day 1

                        After a day and a half of travel I finally arrived in Sorsogon (final Philippines destination) on Monday night.  I woke up Tuesday morning excited and nervous about what the day had in store. Yesterday on the way to the hotel, one of the regular missionContinue Reading

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