In 2016, I was asked by a 17 year old student in our church if I would go to Honduras with her on a mission trip. Up to that point, I had only been on short-term relatively local service projects. The thought of going to another country when I knew only one other person on the trip, I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t know the culture and I certainly didn’t consider myself “equipped” to go on a mission trip, was absolutely terrifying. I didn’t, and still can’t, quote a lot of scripture. I didn’t know how to love people who were so incredibly different than me and what about the heat? What about the food? What about my safety? What about …. The summer of 2016 changed my life. The summer of 2016 changed me. One main reason I never pursued a mission trip in the past was the very thought of having to repeat the same scripture over and over in order to try to convince someone to accept Christ as their Savior, to knock on doors and talk to people who really were not interested in what I had to say, to move from one house/one person to another did not and still does not appeal to me. Hope Through Him completely changed my perception of a “mission trip”. The HTH team taught me how to “minister” to people by loving on them. They taught me how to show the love of Jesus to people by being the love of Jesus to them. They showed me how to accept someone for who they are and where they are and that calling someone by name can be life changing. My second trip to Honduras in 2017 was even more special because I was able to share the experience with my sister and my niece and two of my very closest friends. As we plan for our 2018 summer mission trip even more members of my church family and friends, and friends of friends have chosen to trust and step out in faith to travel to a foreign country to share the love of our Savior. But more importantly for me is the fact that Brad and Cristy didn’t just put me on a plane back to the states and wish me well when my week in Honduras is over. They challenged me to take what I learned, to take all those feelings and emotions and ask myself “what now”. They challenged me to ask myself: Where will I go? Who will I love? And Who will I serve? For me, right now in my life, I go the homeless shelter every week, I love on the ladies who have no one to love on them and I serve both the homeless and the staff at the facility. Because of my experiences in Honduras, my relationship with Hope Through Him Ministries and the friendships I have with the Lendermans, I am consciously being more intentional with people, with relationships and with friendships.