It's hard to put into words the experience of a missions trip. Each member experiences something a little different and God shows up in so many different ways but still impacts the trip in a unified way. God provided for the needs of the trip from the logistics, provided by our trusted partner Bridges of Hope, to safety in travel as we mobilized 20+ people to and through a foreign country.
Exodo is a valuable partner for Hands of Hope. Iris (the Orphanage Director) and her staff are the active hands and feet of Jesus who work every single day with the children to provide a loving and safe environment, to encourage the kids to get a higher education and to provide opportunities that otherwise are just not available. Hands of Hope is actively working to be the support system for Exodo: To provide for basic needs, to love the children, and communicate the love of Christ.
Love, love and more love: Gretchen Stanley, who is a board member of Hands of Hope, went on the trip to Exodo. She has built a relationship with a young lady over the past couple of years and when she arrived, her little girl could not stop hugging her and likewise, Gretchen could not stop hugging her. Gretchen explained that even though both of them were preoccupied by VBS and the activities going on during the week, they were never far from each other to exchange smiles and words of love (English and Spanish) and to hand out another hug. Words could not describe the incredible feeling in those moments.
Vacation Bible School... a week away from the normal: We all need a break from the normal. The kids at Exodo were provided with the opportunity to have a Vacation Bible School. VBS provides moments of fun and fellowship and more importantly, it gives the kids the opportunity to further develop their... Read More