When I was 18, I went on a mission trip to Poland with my church. It was 1996 and I had just graduated from high school. Looking back I'm not sure how everything fell into place for me to be able to go to on that mission trip, but I'm forever grateful for the amazing life experience at such a young age. I can't help but believe that experience has helped me be a better person today.
Today, I wanted to share some photos of our mission trip.
We held a Vacation Bible School at a local orphanage.
I can still play Duck Duck Goose and sing "Jesus Loves Me" in Polish.
Even though I didn't speak Polish, I still could play chase.
We didn't have a felt board so we improvised and our pastor, James, served as the bulletin board.
I'd never been to an orphanage before and it was truly a humbling experience. The children were welcoming and loving, but leaving them was so sad.
The men worked on a building project at Mark and Susie's home.
The group before church services on Sunday.
There's so much I want to share, but I'm having a hard time knowing where to begin. I also have several things from Poland that I want to photograph and share with you. The memories of our work there are the most precious keepsakes, but I have some sentimental souvenirs that I brought home. The beautiful wooden nesting dolls are my favorite. I also have a set of beautiful crystal glasses, wooden boxes, pottery and hand painted wooden eggs.
I'll be sharing my sentimental story with Cha Cha at Sit Relax and Read.