Why go on a mission trip? And why go on a mission trip to Zambia? Back in 1998, I had no idea how to answer those questions. Then, I was just a 21-year-old college student who had never left the United States. Nothing could have prepared me for almost two weeks on a mission in Zambia. The long-lasting effects of what happened there years ago still impact my life to this very day.
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.
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.