This week has been a wonderful experience. Our hosts at Mountain View Presbyterian have been nothing but kind to us since our arrival. When they remodeled their church many years ago, they built the dorm rooms because they saw it as their mission to be able to host mission trips. The dorms didn't see much use until after the 2013 flood, but they were there waiting for us.
Over the week I found myself looking at the map of the United States across the hall from our dorm. They use pins to show some of the places mission trips have come from in the US. But you don't have to travel to be part of a mission.
On Wednesday, some of us went to a small community called Cedar Cove to help Gary and Shar Wamsley. Their house wasn't damaged in the flood, but their yard was covered by the flood waters. The yard was still filled with debris, especially wood which had washed downstream, and they had also lost a few of the trees right along the riverbank.
When we arrived, they put us straight to work moving bark and stacking wood. The last group had not done a very good job as the stack was nearly about to fall over. Mary and I moved wood while Kara and Jay cleared loose bark and unusable wood. The Wamsleys were so excited to talk to us. We came back in the afternoon and continued to move wood and weed Shar's garden so she can plant irises. Right before we left, Gary led us on a walk along the Big Thompson River to discuss geology, something he has become very interested in, especially after the flood. The work we did there reminded me of being at home.
All work is service, whether religious or not. This trip has reminded me of this. While some of the work I did this week was something I had never done before, I also did things that I do at home.
No matter where you are, or what you're able to do, all service is a mission. If it helps not only you, but someone else, it is a mission.
Every day is a mission, and we should be glad to have the chance not only to serve the world at large, but our own community as well.