Megan Hodges (‘20) just completed a nine-month mission trip to Georgia, Alabama, Ecuador, and Guatemala. She says it’s hard to sum up this trip in a few paragraphs, but shared some things learned on the mission field.
- Community is so important: “In community, we can constantly lift each other up and help others get through the tough times. When you have a close community you know you can trust them and bring anything to them, and they will accept you and love you for who you are. It is important to press into those relationships and to fight for them.”
- I have an impact on those around me: “Even just a simple smile or a ¡Buenos días! while walking can change someone’s day. I saw a simple hug have an impact on kids’ lives. To show them the love from the Father and to tell them that they are children of God is just amazing.”
- I view God differently: “God loves me for who I am and He sees me and wants me where I am. He sees me as His daughter and wants to spend all the time with me. It is extremely important to connect and spend time with Him in some way every day.”
- Things don’t always go as planned, and that’s okay: “Sometimes when the days get long and hard I just need to lean on Him and continue to follow Him and He always helps me get through. He has taught me to change things from ‘I have to do this’ to ‘I get to do this for His glory.’”
- It is important to rest and get alone with God: “Spend time with God, and then He will fill you up and give you the strength to pour out to those around you. If you are not filled up then you have nothing to pour out.”
Now, Megan gets to start a new chapter and glorify the Lord in what is next. “I am so thankful for all the good and the bad that Christ has brought me through during this time. Thank you all so much for supporting me and praying for me this past year. I appreciate all of your blessings.”