It was the high point of worship for me today. Lisa Holmlund interviewed nine of the youth and counselors who participated in this summer's three week mission trip to Thailand. It began with a moving slide show of their experience. Then each person responded to a question Lisa asked that took us through their three weeks. It was more than a vacation...it was a life-changer!
I have expressed my reservations over the years about the value of spending so much money and energy transporting a group of young people into a complex culture for a very short period of time. Is it worth it? Wouldn't the money be better spent directly in the hands of the missionaries over there already? Aren't we a huge interruption in the lives of already overworked missionaries?
Their witness this morning demonstrated the value of a strategically planned trip that was not just to watch and be entertained, but one in which they added value and were driven into how Christ is at work in another culture. What a joy!