Mission Trip to Africa, An Interview with my Husband {Part 3}

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my husband’s first mission trip. It was certainly a life-changing experience for all of us.

Although my husband was the one on the trip, the rest of us were at home praying for his safe return.

We know that God is in control, right? We say it. We tell others that God is in control and not to worry.  We ask God to have His will and His way in our lives. 

You realize that’s easier to say than to actually do, right? That is how it usually goes for me, anyway.

I truly do want God to be in control. To take us where He wants us to be, where He can use us the most.

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Sometimes, we need to be put in a position in which we have to step back and say………Lord, I give this to You, totally. I know I have no control and I want Your will to be done. Help me accept Your will and the outcome of this situation.  

As we waited on Daddy’s safe return home, we were put in a position in which we had to totally hand his safety over to the Lord. I think this affected our 10 yr. old son the most. He was concerned about Daddy riding in an airplane so we had to pray and ask for peace and comfort from the Lord, understanding that He knows best.  As we prayed, fears subsided and hearts were calmed. 

God is in Control
God is in Control

Ultimately, God is in control. 

This was just another opportunity God gave us to grow our faith in Him. What a great teachable moment for the kids (and our entire family, even extended family members)!

This post contains the last part of my husband’s interview about the mission trip. We want to share more personal thoughts…like…. How he dealt with the heat, how he adjusted physically, and a few tips for a first mission trip.

{Catch part 1 and part 2 of this series here.}

The Interview

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How do you feel you adjusted physically while in Africa (heat, food, being so far from home, etc.)?

As far as the heat, I adjusted easily. I’m not going to say that it wasn’t a challenge but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  Don’t get me wrong, it was very hot and humid but not as hot as I expected. I thought it would be unbearable, but it really wasn’t.  We also went during the “cool” time of year, so it was not as hot and humid as it is at other times of the year. I was also prepared with “hot weather” clothing which I feel made a huge difference.

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As far the food, we ate great. The missionaries we visited fed us really well.

We ate traditional African food only a few times, which I’m glad I got to try, buy honestly, it would take some getting used to……

We drank a lot of water. The water comes in a bag. You just tear the corner of the bag and drink it. Ice-cream also comes in a bag and this was very good for a hot day!

Keeping water cool in the cooler.
Keeping water cool in the cooler.

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As far as being so far from home, it was challenging but I kept in mind that this trip wasn’t about me, it was about the people. I tried to put my fears behind me so I could truly focus on what I was there for. Also, I had great guidance on this trip. If I had been there by myself, not knowing the customs or anything, it would have been overwhelming, to say the least.

What was the most challenging thing you dealt with physically?

The humidity at night. It’s very hard to sleep in the humidity when you have been used to sleeping under the a/c! There were times I woke up in a puddle of sweat. You could literally see the outline of my body on the sheets.

Also, we were very busy on this trip. It was challenging because we were all worn out. Combine that with the heat and you get a few exhausted fellas.

Do you feel that you got to experience some of the hardships that a missionary may have to deal with?

Somewhat, yes. I feel that I got a very small glimpse into the world of a missionary and some the challenges they face. 

Ok….What about the snacks? You being able to eat often enough was a concern. How did the snacks hold up?

They were great! I took too many snacks but I would rather have had too much than not enough. My favorite were the Pringles Sticks. They were so convenient. I could open a pack, then stick it in my shirt pocket and just reach in my pocket to get a stick to munch on when needed.2067c16b-9b58-466f-8fea-08a9408fb294_1.51b0a497281837e542b4390693c2350b

Some of the snacks that went with my husband.
Some of the snacks that went with my husband.

One of the first times we got to speak after you arrived in Africa, you told me that it was beautiful there. Did you have a chance to take in the view? 

Yes, I thought it was absolutely beautiful! Of course, there are not-so-beautiful parts in any country, but seeing God’s creation on another continent was awesome.

{OK, I may have posted too many pictures }

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Do you have any tips for anyone taking a first-time short-term mission trip?

Yes, a few.

1.) Prepare well for your environment. What is the weather like? Is it typically hot and humid? Is there a chance it could rain a lot? Will you be doing a lot of walking, sitting, hiking? I think this is one reason I adjusted well to the heat. I prepared with hot weather clothing, socks, and shoes. I also prepared my mind for how hot it could be. Part of adjusting can be a mind thing.

2.) Do not buy high dollar luggage. It will probably get beat up a little (or a lot depending on where you are going). You need something that’s good enough to hold your stuff and not fall apart the first time it is thrown or tossed. Definitely get luggage with wheels or something you can pull behind you.

3.) If you ever, EVER have a chance to go on a mission trip, DO IT. It will change your life! It will open the world up to you and it will also humble you.

This has been a big year for our family! My husband’s mission trip took place this past spring and my oldest daughter also went on a mission trip this summer (which I will be sharing about in the coming weeks).

We can’t express the gratitude we have to our Lord for these opportunities.

{Did you miss Part 1 and Part 2 of this series? Read about them here.}

We would love to hear about any mission trips you have been on and how it impacted your life! Tell us about it in the comments below….

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9 thoughts on “Mission Trip to Africa, An Interview with my Husband {Part 3}

  1. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  2. Moving back to GA from Montana, I have had to get used to the humidity again. I can’t imagine trying to sleep with no A/C in a high humidity area. I love the scenery pictures. I just prayed the Lord would continue to bless the work your husband did while there. I can’t wait to hear about your daughter’s trip. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  3. Read both interviews. Wonderful. I’m from Nigeria, also on the West Coast of Africa like Ghana. Thank God for your family and the heart you guys have for God. More grace and abundant blessings on you all in Jesus’ name.

    1. Edith, Thank you so much for taking the time to read both interviews! My husband would love to go back one day. He felt like he made a connection with the people. They hold a special place in his heart.

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