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Rosa Jang - How My Mission Trip to Peru Pucallpa Opened My Eyes and Heart to God

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Going on the Peru Pucallpa mission trip this year has truly opened my eyes to my blessings and opened my heart to God. Before arriving at Pucallpa, I was repeatedly told what the living conditions were going to be like so I would be able to prepare myself for the trip. I was told bathrooms and water would be unavailable in some places, that living conditions were extremely poor and a majority of people do not have access to basic supplies. However, until I got to see the town for myself and witness the lives of the people there, I realized one cannot truly comprehend how blessed we really are.

Despite the scarcity of necessary goods, I saw how joyful the children were and how excited they were to see our church group again. People who have been on the mission trip before told me that locals in Pucallpa wait for us to come back each year. When I landed at the airport in Pucallpa and saw them greet us with open arms and huge hugs, it astounded me. I had never felt so much love from a group of people I had never met before. I was able to see how truly excited they were to see our group and how much they look forward to our visits every year.

Before we left for the trip our priest said that our mission group may gain more from the locals than what we give and after returning home I truly believe that statement to be true. Although we brought a variety of material goods such as necessary medications, exciting crafts for the kids, and other material items to them; we in turn gained invaluable insights that we cannot simply buy, such as new perspectives, deepened faith, happiness and blessing.

Although prior to going on the trip I felt very nervous, especially because the youth group was significantly smaller than the previous years, each and every one of us worked well together and, with the help of God and the adults in our team, we were able to end our mission successfully. I am incredibly thankful I was able to embark on this unforgettable experience with the group that went this year and that we were able to come back home safely through God’s guidance and love.

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Date entered: 07-08-2018
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