Here am I, Send Me
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” Isaiah 6:8
I have always dreamt of having a loving impact on our world. Though I never knew how I would go about pursuing my dream, I trusted that God would help me to accomplish this goal. When then opportunity came for me to go on the mission trip to Nicaragua, I could tell that God was saying, “Emma, this is it! This is your opportunity!” Going on this trip was way out of my comfort zone, but it was one of the best decisions that I have made in my life.
I spent most of my time with the children from the school, whether it be teaching English (or them teaching me Spanish), playing games like soccer or duck duck goose, dancing, singing, or just having a conversation about their lives or family. It was very interesting (and eye opening) for me to learn about their day-to-day lives. What they eat on a daily basis, what type of house they live in, how big their family is, or if they had pets or not. I was so eager to learn about their culture and how that compared to my life. I quickly realized that I took much of what I had access to for granted. The fact that I can drive to a grocery store two minutes down the road would be a luxury for many people across the globe, and I had never even considered that before my trip.
It amazes me how incredibly smart the children are. They picked up on the English alphabet, numbers, animals, and greetings faster than I think anyone could have imagined. It was so fun showing up to the school and having Ariana tell me the ABC’s, or Juan shake my hand and ask me how I was doing, or Miguel telling me different colors that he had learned. You could tell that they were so excited to be learning new things, and it was so exhilarating to know that I may have had a hand in their excitement. I would spend all day playing and learning with those kids if I could.
It was difficult for me to wrap my head around it before, but God really is everywhere. I feel my journey with God is fairly new because, while I have been attending church for my whole life, I feel that I had never fully made the commitment until I decided to go on the mission trip. This experience brought me closer to God in so many incredible ways, I am so blessed to have been granted this opportunity. A few years ago, I could have never imagined myself traveling to a third world country. Now, I cannot begin to imagine what my life would be like without having participated in this life-changing experience!