What I've learned from doing missions that translates to my everyday life
I go on a lot of dental mission trips to Latin America as an interpreter. I've probably been a part of about 20 trips in the past 10 years. These opportunities have taught me a ton. Since I'm currently in Honduras on another one, I thought I'd do some reflecting.
- •How to love people with a servant's heartI used to serve people because I wanted their approval, but now I'm motivated out of love.
- •Universally understood topics of conversationFor example: poop, thoughts on rice and beans, the weather
- •What it's like to always be observedAs the outsiders in any place we go, we're always being watched.
- •PatienceIt's a virtue. And not an easy one to learn. People are frustrating, but there isn't much you can do about it.
- •How to say noYou can't do everything for everyone and sometimes I'm the one who has to be the bearer of bad news.
- •CommunicationGood communication can make or break an entire trip.
- •How to build interpersonal relationships with very diverse people groupsY'all wouldn't believe the people I've met even if I told you.
- •How to take criticism with grace and humilityI used to take everything to heart, but now I learn what I can and continue on my little way
- •FlexibilityI've always been pretty go with the flow, but missions take it to another level.
- •How to tell my life story in 5-7 minutesTestimony time comes around on every trip and I've become a professional. Also, thank you, toastmasters.
- •Team building gamesI might not love them, but they bring people together
- •How to sleep well in most situationsCurrently dealing with street noise that makes NYC nights sound pleasant.
- •EmpathyI have no idea what people go through, so how can I judge?
- •Understanding hay no once can read my mind.Unless I vocalize my thoughts, whoever I'm interacting with should not be held responsible for what I want them to be doing.
- •#thedevilisalieIn the end, it all works out for good. Don't you know it @ijeoma?!