By Chaplain Mike
MOD Note: Some knucklehead forgot to put the URL in for Dan’s blog. Here is the link: To Russia with Love. Thanks, Joanie.
One of my good friends, Pastor Daniel Jepsen (aka “The Dan”), is currently blogging about his mission trip to Tyumen, Siberia. The Dan and another local pastor (aka “The Calvinist”) are traveling to do some teaching at a Bible college there.
Daniel may be a contributor in the future here on Internet Monk, but through his travelblog, you can get to know him now and enjoy his observations on his trip around the world to minister to others in Jesus’ name. I know you’ll love his humor and insightful perspectives.
Here’s a snippet from one of his posts:
This is my fourth mission trip, which is not that many considering my age (actually, you can stop thinking about my age now). I have been to Mexico twice and the Dominican Republic once.
Here is what I hate about mission trips: you are totally out of control. You take life on its terms. All you can do is respond rightly.
Now, to some degree this is true whenever you travel internationally. But if you go as a tourist, you are free to complain to the motel about the room tempature, you can choose your activities that day, you can decide what you will eat for lunch. On a mission trip, you can do none of those things. Your agenda is set by others. You normally have no choice in your food. And, since you don’t speak the language, you are totally dependent on others to communicate for you. In many ways, it is like being a toddler again.
And that is also what I am learning to love about mission trips.
Go get ’em, Dan! For Jesus, that is.