Getting ready: Andrew T. Bolger

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The final preparations for mission trips are usually filled with small details.  For instance, “How many styrofoam cups should we bring to talk about jars of clay from 2nd Corinthians?”  “Do we have enough quart-sized bags?” or “How many bottles of bug spray do we need for 20 people?”.  However, as I was getting ready today, I couldn’t help scroll through the pictures from previous trips and notice a common theme: smiles.

However, as I was getting ready for the trip today, I couldn’t help but scroll through the pictures from previous trips and notice a common theme: smiles.

I am glad we smile.  More importantly, I am glad our students smile when they are sharing about Jesus with other people.  I can’t think of a better example of how God reflects his enduring desire to pursue us, even as broken human beings, other than that he smiles at us – his face shines on us.

As we travel to Belize next week, my prayer is that this small detail of the heart, “smiling,” does not escape our time and, more importantly, presence in Belize.

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