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zoya d.

2017 & 2018 Mission Team Member

"The residents were not distracted by the next project due, the next iPhone, or the next season of whatever show - they were simply happy to wake up in the morning. By reminding ourselves to eliminate distraction from time to time, we can focus fully on joyfully serving the Lord with an open heart and letting his love guide us along the way."

Summer 2017

Our lives are so busy. One day, we have this meeting with this person. The next day we have to review what happened in that meeting while balancing that other internship. On top of that, we pile on reports, sports, school, college admissions, family, friends, our relationship with The Man Upstairs, and everything else. We’re also expected to be happy. That’s what everyone’s personal goal in our earthly life is, right? I mean yes, of course, serve the Lord, but we want to be happy to do so, don’t we? 

On this year’s Move a Mountain Mission Trip to Kingston, Jamaica, we spent time with children and adults with all types of physical and/or mental handicaps, disabilities, and blessings. Escaping from our overwhelming lives, we had been brought up close and personal with the most vulnerable of society, but, honestly, I probably felt more vulnerable than any of the Mustard Seed residents. These children and adults who have almost no personal possessions are so rich in love and the ability to be loved. The love of God shines through them so freely, fully and unconditionally, and each man, woman, boy and girl was so exuberantly excited to share it with all of us the minute we stepped foot off the van. 

Their eagerness and excitement for life was so pure, unadulterated, and like I said, a channel of God’s love. I was almost overwhelmed, because that willingness and openness to love was something I don’t experience very often. It’s almost like I am sometimes too busy to open my heart and my mind, because I have to focus on other “bigger” things. The residents, however, were not distracted by the next project due, the next iPhone, or the next season of whatever show. They were simply happy to wake up in the morning, and I think that is absolutely my biggest takeaway from the trip. By reminding ourselves to eliminate distraction from time to time, we can focus fully on joyfully serving the Lord with an open heart and letting his love guide us along the way.

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