Quito, Ecuador is a beautiful destination with amazing cultural attractions and a vibrant urban center. Many people here suffer from poverty and lack of resources like education, healthcare, and infrastructure development. Though Ecuador has an upper class, much of the population is still poor. Quito is a wonderful place for mission travel.
India forever changed me.
My first visit was as a journalist, to a community development program and what I experienced then led me to return on another trip, that time to volunteer after I retired. Initially, I expected to be wary of the food, but I was not concerned about my personal safety. After reading about India's deep, pervasive poverty I did not expect to make more than a dust mote of difference.
How do you know whether your mission trip made a positive impact on the community you interacted with? How can you tell whether your mission trip made a positive impact in your own community?
There are rare moments in life when things come out of your mouth that you never imagined you would hear yourself say. The youth pastor walked over to me one evening during a youth group meeting and asked if I'd go with them on the big trip to Mexico. When the word "yes" came out…
On your mission trip, you will undoubtedly be confronted with many unforeseen circumstances. Here is a heads-up on some aspects of other cultures that may catch you a bit off guard and also some suggestions for handling the surprises. Remember, this is a learning process for everyone