They say the third time is the charm. Previously, my mission trips to China were 10 days and focused on teaching (really playing with) primary age children and English conversations with university students in Nanjing. But Charlotte Watson, my friend on one of the previous trips, and I decided God was calling us for a different mission.
For a month, we would teach English to Chinese English teachers in a rural area of China. As a part of a 4-person team sponsored by the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, 3 Texas women and 1 Indiana woman would work with The Amity Foundation, a Chinese Christian organization.
Preparation with 2 pros with 13 and 16 years of experience teaching in China meant our learning curve was high. As we sifted through material and gathered games, songs, and other sundries, we were overwhelmed.
Then, it happened. Have you heard that the key for any mission trip is “flexibility”? Well, 2 weeks before our scheduled departure, my cardiologist said I needed a pacemaker. No problem. I would take care of it when I returned.
“No,” he said. “You must have it before you go. And there will be limitations to your activities.”
All I could say was, “God, why now?”
Virginia Kreimeyer writes from her home in Cedar Park, Texas, and travels the globe on mission for Christ.