My husband and I joined Savannah Christian Church (Compassion Christian Church, now), approximately two years ago. One of the things that I instantly loved about this church is the family atmosphere. I have been wanting to get involved for quite some time, and when I received the email regarding this disaster relief trip, I instantly looked at my husband and we decided that one of us was going.
I was insanely nervous about going to a place that I had never been, with people that I simply did not know. By stepping out of my comfort zone, I have actually enjoyed my place in a group of some of the most caring, hardworking, and loving people that I have ever met. Monday, we were introduced to Henry and Monique. I walked into their house not quite knowing what to expect, and was surprised to be welcomed with open arms and affection. There is a “people first” mentality in the mission field. When we put these people first we learn to love them & laugh with them. Henry and Monique pulled me so far out of my comfort zone, at dinnertime, I decided to say something. Monique kept repeating what a blessing we were to them, and I needed to tell them how much they blessed us.
Tuesday, one of my teammates and I walked around the neighborhood. I have never seen anything like this, and it was a little overwhelming. Imagine everything you have ever had, heirlooms, pictures, all of it, in pieces and thrown to the curb. “It’s just stuff. My family is what really matters,” she said. This was the most humbling day I have ever experienced.