December 10, 2015

The Trip that Changed My Life

As I look back through all the years that passed, I can see God’s providence leading me to circumstances and experiences that are made to become the turning points in my life—my chances to change and improve.

Three years ago, my life was changed—my knowledge broadened, my perspective widened, and my passion re-ignited. My college batchmates organized a mission trip to three foreign countries, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, in which mission work like sharing Christ and doing good were incorporated into the art of backpacking. Little did I know that this epic experience created an impact that will remain in me!


The smell of a different country, the sight of backpackers and monks and temples, the sound of a distinct language, the unfamiliar types of food—all these and many others thrilled me as I explored the "Land of Smiles", the "Kingdom of Wonder", and the country that is "Simply Beautiful."


We went to some of the famous spots and to the streets as well, meeting people and talking to them. For three weeks, I lived and breathed like a local. It was a life-changing experience indeed!

The changes came in slowly and today I realized it more fully.

The trip opened my eyes to the sad reality of corrupt politics and governance in my country as I compared it with theirs. It also offered me the chance to know more about the people, their culture and religion. Seeing all these, I understand why God had brought me there. That is to open my mind and make me more understanding.


I am a nurse but the love and passion for mission work was re-ignited there. Sharing Jesus’ love to others even to the people in non-Christian countries is challenging but it also filled my heart with joy. That experience prepared me for the work I am doing today with One Year in Mission. It made me open-minded, strong, mission-oriented, and humble.

I remember what Count Zinzerdorf once said, "I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ."

Today I enjoy sharing Christ, doing acts of kindness, and building a community, which endeavors to make their own place a little heaven here on earth.

How about you, dear reader. Have you joined any mission trip before? Or do you like to experience one?

14 comments:

  1. Seems like a very fulfilling journey. Glad there are people like you who shares the word of God. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, aside from enjoying the destinations, it is much more fulfilling for us if we do things that will help and uplift the locals as well, not just physically but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well.

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  2. this so inspiring. i am hanging out with some christian friends lately, though they have a different religion, i really enjoy being with them. even my relation with god seems to be better than before. God bless

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    1. That's great to hear, John Paul. Keep the faith in God. And God bless you too!

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  3. I haven't been to a mission trip but I have traveled by people who share the same faith as I do. It's more of a personal travel but we knew each other from a community. It's the best kinds of travel. :)

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    1. That's nice, Lux! I hope you get to join and experience a mission trip soon. It's really awesome and worthwhile!

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  4. Wow. I guess by reading this piece, it's no surprise your blog is named Selfless Travels. Talk about caring for the welfare of the others and the love that God wants for us humans here on Earth. Bringing the faith in humanity at times. I'm applauding you for your good deeds, buddy!

    I never been on a mission trip. But hopefully, I could do so soon.

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement! I hope you can join and experience a mission trip soon!

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  5. It's also my dream to do a mission trip in different countries. Well, isn't it amazing to have an eye-opener event your life? You'll know your worth. :)

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    1. You're right, Aurika! It's amazing how your mind opens up when you travel and serve as well. Your heart also warms up when you help a community during your travels.

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  6. A mission trip sounds like an amazing thing to embark on. I've never been in one. It's really great that you were able to experience one that made a huge impact on your life. :)

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    1. Thanks, Janice! Yeah, I've been to many mission trips and all those experiences inculcated in my heart a deep love for people especially those who are less-fortunate and those who needs to hear the good news of Jesus.

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  7. I have never joined a mission trip but Im sure it really is a meaningful experience.

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    1. Chel, join any mission trip soon! You'll enjoy it and it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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