The first few days of being on a mission trip are always the hardest. You find out what people like and dislike. You are trying to get to know them and they are getting to know you. With having the responsibility of being in charge of the meals, I was looking forward to cooking yet I was nervous about it as well. My greatest fear was that we would run out of food. This almost happened a couple of times when we had more guests then we thought. However, my faith in God’s provision grew while I was there and I realized that watching FoodNetwork finally paid off. I was able to use what was available to me and make something that was filling and delicious:) We always seemed to have guest every day for a meal or for desert and sometimes we never knew the headcount until we started eating. It was amazing to see that God always seemed to have the right amount of everything and leftovers too:)
One thing I did learn was that I now have a greater sympathy for those in charge of the meals when I go on mission trips. It is not about have everyone praise your cooking and you being the most popular person on the trip. It is being the one that wakes ups early before everyone else, planning in advance and even cooking in advance. The best advice that I followed was to make as much ahead of time and all you have to do is warm it in a crockpot. This not only saved time, but gave me a chance to spend more time working at the volunteer center. I enjoyed being the cook for the trip and I hope that I get to do it again in the future.