Mexico definitely impacted me as a young girlRACHEL
The experience of going on a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico definitely impacted me as a young girl. I was only nine years old and I went with a children’s ministry group, without my parents. At first my parents thought I was crazy, but they decided to let me go because I knew I was supposed to. We distributed food and medicine, prayed for people, and spent time working at an orphanage. This helped me realize how fortunate I was in my own life. The whole experience and others developed a desire within me to help alleviate suffering in our world. It gave me perspective about what is important and strengthened my faith. Today all the media messages about needing to constantly improve our appearance or have all these material objects to make us happy are shaping children’s lives at a very vulnerable time. Experiences like these, where children may find out how others live and offer their time and attention to a good cause, have the ability to shape more compassionate and aware individuals.
I was nine years oldETHAN
This is my testimony when I went on the mission trip in 2008. I was nine years old at the time. The first stop we made in Virginia, me, Mrs. Tomita, and another girl on the trip saw a vision of crystals. None of us knew what it meant until the next day when a group of people found a tunnel of crystals. In Washington DC , we went to the Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, and met this group of people there in their late teens early twenties. In Baltimore, we went to the middle of the street and did a dance routine in front of a random crowd. They were all looking at us. That is my testimony of the mission trip in 2008.
mission trip with KarenSUMIYO
The summer camp and mission trip with Karen….it was impossible for us to forget these precious days, because my sons and I started to see God’s glad heart and pleasure. Especially for my first son, Masahiro…God has encountered and touched his whole being through these days. Our leaders always see children as best friends, respect them as though they were adults, train them in His way so uniquely…that makes kids attract to them! During these days Masahiro has totally changed. After the camp I met him, I was able to tell the difference He was changing inside out, yes, it is like overflowing His love, he is no longer dead person( of course in spirit)! I mean his heart was melted by His love and Presence and His people. Karen is so good at hosting Holy Spirit to lead visitation to children. She understands that anybody who has simple heart and faith…especially children can encounter GOD so powerfully. Only in meeting God can people’s hearts change sweetly. My three sons have experienced how God is gentle and fun through this camp and trip. They started knowing how exciting thing to show His love and pray for other people passionately.