There are many reasons that I could say that I went to VOM. I had friends that were going, I missed not going earlier this year, I saw it as a chance to get to know some people better, this trip would count toward three credits for school, and of course my favorite reason was that my best friend was going along with me:)
These are pretty good reasons, and they were all a part of the reason that I wanted to go. But I think my true reason was to gain another view of the ministry. I had just spent a week in Nicaragua working in the field, and now I wanted to see what happened when you area supporting the field workers.
It truly is the scenario that Jesus told his disciples. “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38 The laborers need support and that is the vision of VOM. The area the servants to the servers. Yes, they do everything they can to spread the Gospel, but instead of only doing direct evangelism, they are helping others reach their country men and provide a way for their needs to be met. I would also have to say that they have a good system on how to work with the people that they serve. In the area of volunteers, I think that they have also mastered the art of delegation and are great to work with if you are an over achievers type of team:)
My personal thoughts about VOM, I don’t know how God plans to use me, but I do know that He did not place VOM in my life for no reason. Maybe, it is to bring awareness to my own faith and how I sometime take it for granted and that someone pays the price everyday for their faith. Maybe, they are part of the plan that God has for my life. My future goals has been confirmed this summer. I have felt the Lord calling me to missions and being able to work both behind the scenes and in the field was a great experience to take part in. I don’t where I will serve, but I am willing to do whatever He calls me too.
Regardless of the reasons that I went to VOM, I was blessed by my last trip. Not only did I grow in areas of my own life, but I also got the chance to see His hand on other people’s lives and that is sometimes the greatest blessing of all.