Missions Trip 2008

Psalm 96

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!"

"Bless His name,
Tell of His salvation from day to day"

"Declare His Glory among the nations,
His marvelous works among all peoples!"

"Splendor and majesty are before Him!"

"Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary"

"Ascribe to the Lord, glory and strength!"

"Ascribe to the Lord, the glory due His name!"

"Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness!"

"Tremble before Him, all the earth!"

"Say among the nations, 'The Lord reigns!'"

Well, I kind of disappeared for a bit - I meant to do a little post before I left, but that was one (out of quite a few) to-do list bullets that didn't get done. But, I am here now. And I am here to tell you about where I went :D

{photo credit to The Glabs, who "live-blogged" in Mexico if you would like see!}
Last Monday I left with our church youth group for Guadalupe, Mexico to be a part of a Missions Trip. I was part of the "Kids" team and we led Vacation Bible School for the orphans. I have been a couple times before as a youth and the trip always proves to be hard, humbling and amazing. This year was no different, except maybe harder, more humbling and more amazing then past years.

I have so much to say, so many memories, so many stories, and so many ways I could tell you about how good God is. It feels silly to try to blog about a trip like this. I wish I could get everything that's running through my brain into a nice, meaningful little paragraph, but that is just not going to happen. So, watch the slideshow and may it draw you to think more about God and His incredible kindness, love and glory!

And even though I don't know where to start, I do need to honor certain people!
First, the two pastors who led the trip, Matt and Adam (left and middle). THANK YOU for sacrificing time from your family, your work and your regular life to serve and lead us! I deeply respect you!
And Dean, (right) who runs the Ranch where the kids live. I honestly am left speechless and humbled by you and your family. It is an honor to meet and know you. (And Jeremiah [bottom]. thank you for wanting to be a "fisher of men" like your daddy! Even if you wouldn't have rescued me, if that buffalo attacked ;D)

And to the people who led VBS - Ally, Neal and Julie. You three blew me away with your servants hearts, genuine love for the kids and incredible work ethic. You have no idea how much I learned from just watching you this week!

Ally and Chris, you guys also get a special thanks :D Thank you for bearing with teasing and for doing so much to join this trip and serve! The rewards are eternal!!!

Speaking of teasing... ;D

Look forward to an engagement shoot in Mexico, as well as a wedding from before I left and a family shoot! Woot! This blog is going to be busy this week!


  1. These are wonderful Kristen! Can't wait to see your new posts!

  2. Great slideshow and photo collection Kristen. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  3. noelle r.15.7.08

    Wow, Kristin...wow.

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  5. I can't wait to see your post on Monica and Milton......I just finished editing some of mine and hopefully I'll be able to post some on my blog too hahaha....LOVE YA!! It was great seeing you for a couple of hours I wish it had been more....but hey we have OCTOBER to look forward to!!!!!!!!!

  6. OMG! I still can't get over the fact that you go to the same rancho that I've gone to the last four years! I love seeing your very different perspectives. We are planning and preparing for our trip which is coming in October. I am so excited to be going back; there are only two of us from the original team going. I love recounting God's goodness from each year. He moved greatly each year, but always in a different way.

    Anyways, thanks for posting about this Ranch that has such a special place in my heart. I hope to see you at the Rebelution!

  7. AHHH! Kristen!! How incredible! I'm so glad you had an amazing time! Can't wait to see Monica's pictures!
    and.....YOU GOT SHOW IT WEB TO WORK!!! YEAH! I'm so proud of you! :)
    Love and miss your face!

  8. Anonymous16.7.08

    oh Kristen!
    I am so happy I got to go with you on this trip! we have many fun funny memories don't we?! Thank you for using our special song in the video and capturing each one of those precious children. oh..how i miss those little kids.

    love you hamster!
    the camel

  9. good job on those mexico pics. welcome home!

  10. Anonymous17.7.08

    Ok Kristen, this is random and I totally don't know you, but I've been reading your blog forever cause I love your pictures. Anyway...you popped up on my Google Reader and wham...there's a picture of my brother! (Dustin) He hasn't posted any pictures of his own and he's been gone for nearly 2 months, so it was so much fun to see a little glimpse into his time there. Thanks!

  11. your missions trip is truly inspiring! I have family in Guadalajara and I know that the children out there need all the help they can get, be it words of wisdom or someone to color with. Great images of the children!


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