NNMC Mission Trip
Coming Summer 2019
Like all good stories, this one starts with a girl. This one was beautiful.
I met her in 2006, but in 2007 we got to know each other better. Having only been acquaintances before, we decided we didn't have a real friendship to lose, so why not try going on a date... 10 years on from that first date and she continues to get even more beautiful, we've got 2 beautiful kids, and would do anything for a date night!
Anyway, shortly after we got together Suzanne started planning a trip to Colombia with her Dad and his church. She'd spent part of her gap year working with a children's home in the capital, Bogota, and wanted to go back again (I'll let her tell you about it later on).
She asked me if I wanted to go with her, but I have always been more of a home-bird, so turned down the offer.
As time went on and she got more excited I caught the bug, so I secretly got in touch with her dad and splashed a large part of my student loan on everything I needed to be able to go with her. It was supposed to be that big romantic gesture of not letting her know, dropping her off at the airport, and then declaring at the last minute that I too was going!
Before you get too soppy/jealous/upset that your better half might get ideas, the problem is that I am not very good at keeping secrets... especially if I'm excited about them. It really didn't take too long for the excitement to overcome me and the secret to be spilled. From that point on we started planning the trip together.
I didn't know what exactly to expect, having never been on a trip like this before, but it's safe to say that it changed me, my understanding of my faith, the way I understand justice, and my adventurousness(?!)... Plus I went with a girlfriend and came back with a Fiancée!
Since 2008 I have been back twice, taking and leading teams in 2010 and 2012. These teams have consisted of people from late teens through to those whose ages I daren't ask; people of all sorts of skill-sets, experiences and passions; none of whom have come back quite the same.
As time goes on either Suzanne or I, maybe with some help from people who came with us on previous teams, will share more about what we did on our previous trips - including everything from playing in the park to laying cement, painting and baking through to leading devotions and worship with children, young people and staff, visiting the more affluent end of the city and visiting the poorer areas - about the people we met, and why I want to take a team from Nottingham North Methodist Circuit in 2019.
While you wait for more updates from me if you're interested in joining us and want to know more just let me know.
You can also find out more about the charity we're going to work with, Children's Vision International Inc, by checking out their website (the UK side of the charity runs under the name "New Hope 4 Children".) If you look carefully through the "Medical Mission 2011" photo album, you might even find Suzanne in one or two pictures from her nursing days!