Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Testimony: Meghan M.

First of all I wanted to thank all of you for your support in helping me and all the others to get to Trinidad. All of you were a part of this mission’s trip and you were all in our hearts. My job was to be a part of the children’s team. As part of this team we visited with the children and got to play with them and talk with them. Each child was unique and radiant in their own way. During the week that I was in Trinidad I learned so much from these kids.

For example, the first house we went to was the Kistow house. There were about 39 kids in the house and all of them were so loving and kind. All 39 kids lived in two rooms, one side was the boys and the other side the girls. Both of these rooms had at least 12 to 15 beds in them. Most of these children didn’t know their age, and were never loved by their parents. Still these were the happiest kids that I have ever seen. This was amazing to me. These kids have so little yet are so content. At another orphanage we went to on Thursday morning I learned another lesson. The second we got out of our maxi (which is the Trinidad taxi) the kids surrounded us and helped us to bring in all our stuff. When I was setting up for the arts and crafts station they kept asking me if I needed help. Even though these kids knew that we could unload and do things for ourselves they were always there to give a helping hand. That is an example of a servant. At all of the orphanages we went to I saw what inside beauty was. These kids simply shined despite their raggedy clothes and desperate living conditions. I remember thinking to myself at everyplace I went how blessed I was to own more than one pair of shoes, to have two loving parents, to have a house with drinkable running water and the list went on and on and on.

Two of my favorite memories were ones that I will never ever forget. The first was when one of the little girls named Rohanna from the Hope house, who was 4 years old, crawled into my lap and told me that she loved me and wished she could go home with me. That was a heart wrenching moment. I do wish that I was able to take her home with me. Most of these kids who were hurt by their parents and many others were able to open up to us. The second moment that was great was when we did the salvation show. I remember praying throughout the whole salvation show hoping that these people would experience the same love that I have. When the altar call finally came up I was so happy to see so many people stand-up. It moved me to tears!!!

I am so grateful that I was able to go on this mission’s trip and was able to share the love and grace that God has shown me through the years. I have taken a lot of lessons and memories from this trip that I will never forget. Again thank-you for giving me this opportunity. May God bless you as he has blessed me.

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