Team Bayou in action! Check out Karla's story below:
A few years before my first trip, a strong desire to be part of something bigger than myself began to grow in my heart. I realized that participating in a short-term mission trip would allow me to step out of my comfortable rut, depend on God in new ways and actively serve others. I wanted to do something for Him, not just for myself.
As a teacher, I thought I might be suited to a trip where we would work with children. I went to Ghana with The Bayou in 2010, 2011, and 2012. We went to the same town each year to hold VBS and work with their teachers which allowed us to develop relationships. We visited an orphanage, visited a maternity ward to deliver blankets to new mothers, and visited a disability ministry work center. We played soccer and traded dance moves with local children in the fields across from our hotel.
There were so many extraordinary moments in my trips to Ghana; mere words don’t seem to do them justice. One of the most moving experiences was during a church service. They began singing familiar hymns in their language. Here we were sitting in an African church, raising our voices in praise to God with fellow believers, in different languages! At that moment, I completely understood in a way that I never had before: we were all God’s children, true brothers and sisters worshipping together in our Father’s house!
The Ghana trips absolutely changed the way I see the world, other people, and everyday life! I gained a better understanding of what it is like for believers in another country and also that while we look and live differently, we all have the need for Christ and are all called to be His hands & feet, no matter where we live. There may be language barriers, but God’s love is universal. The most important part of missions is found in the relationships we build, the seeds of faith that we plant, and the love of Christ that we share with others. #MakeADifference #thebayouchurch