See my story from my first mission trip to Nicaragua Part I and Part II
In 2009, I was finishing up my second year of college. I just switched majors and felt lead to go on a mission trip with Navigators, the group I was involved with in college. It took me a while to accept the idea, but I felt like the trip to Burkina Faso, Africa was the one for me. I was having a hard time raising money and in no way could financially supplement part of the trip myself. God really provided for me financially through some anonymous donors and the adventure began.
I met my team at the airport in Chicago. I had emailed with the leader and one of the other team members, but otherwise they were complete strangers that I was going to spend the next month with. What had I gotten myself into?! We had a layover in Paris on the way there so we got to spend some time getting to know each other a little before we headed to Burkina Faso.
|lion at the zoo|
|baby turtles at the zoo|
We visited a Navigators clinic that is run by a missionary from Nigeria. We got a tour, learned about the clinic's maternity ward expansion plans, and planted a couple trees. One of my teammates is in the medical field so she shadowed a nurse and learned more about the clinic. The boys in the group helped out with some manual labor. I hung around with one of the other teammates and talked to the pharmacist and a couple of patients that were waiting. It is always interesting to see the differences in the medical offices in other countries.
throughout our stay, minus the camp, we stayed at a missionary hostel that was pretty nice. We had twin beds with mosquito netting and a bathroom. There was even the option of an air conditioner, but we never used it.
|some of our group with our server|