Brooke, an attendee of RiverGlen, shared her experience on last years trip to Panama:
Tell me a little bit about what led you to make the decision to go to Panama?
I am a big believer in “planting seeds” and always hope and pray that I can make a small difference. I can’t speak Spanish and I don’t have any profound spiritual gifts that shine so bright like some have, but its always a goal of mine to serve when I can, and I felt going on a missions trip would be a great step at planting some seeds to make a difference in the long run.
What was the highlight of the trip for you?
Seeing how on fire for God the people of Central Church of Panama are! Their church services, how they pray and even looking at the church’s Facebook page, you can certainly see the awesome difference they are making in their community.
Tell me about what you did on the trip.
In a way, we joined in what Central Church of Panama was already doing and were a set of helping hands with reaching out to their community about God. We helped them host some kids camps, there was one in the city and one more out in the country. We helped them promote it by going door to door, helped with executing games during the camps and helped disburse the food that RiverGlen packed and sent to their community.
How did the mission trip impact your life/perspective afterwards?
Community! The people that I traveled with were strangers in the beginning of the week and we came home friends! It was great to be able to bond over being the hands and feet of God and experience a different culture together.
Why do you think others should go on a mission trip?
I’m also a big believer In that we as blessed people, are called by God to bless other people, which I feel goes hand in hand with planting seeds as well. Its important for us to spread the love of God, love our communities and even our world.
We grow when we get out of our comfort zone, and what better way to do it than for God.