Recently, I've been spending some time reflecting on some mission trips I've taken in the last 5-6 years. Since these were very impactful points in my life and something I think about often, I thought I'd share some things from my trip in a little mini series.
See Burkina Faso Part I
We spent the middle part of our trip at a youth camp that we referred to as bible bootcamp. Each American was split up and paired with their own team of Burkinabe for the week. We ate all of our meals with that group and had small bible studies in the morning. After breakfast and the bible study, we would spend the rest of the morning (2-4 hours) in a classroom with worship music and listening to a speaker (luckily he spoke English and had a French translator so it was easier for me to listen since I have to work really hard to pick up French). The speaker came from a country that is primarily muslim so we learned a lot about the muslim culture and being an 'alongsider' with muslim friends, family, and neighbors.
Our time at camp was really fun! I would consider it one of the more significant parts of the trip since it was our most consistent time during the trip and we spent a lot of that time interacting with a smaller group of Burkinabe. All of the students were really willing to open up and have great discussion. Only one student in my group, Benoit, spoke English so he was the one that I became the closest to and got to see him later in the trip.
Jeux de Piste
Towards the end of our time at camp, we had a day where they called Jeux de Piste, which translates to games of the trails. Jeux de piste, or what I dubbed the best day of my life, was quite the adventure. You quickly learn that you should have zero expectations for your day/trip when you are on a mission trip. What we were told was supposed to be a little scavenger hunt turned out to be a 5-7 hour all day hike/run/search through (literally) the middle of nowhere. We were told to follow these barely visible arrows etched in the dirt (I didn't spot a single one the entire time) that were probably 100-200 yards away from each other. Then there were M's in a circle at certain spots standing for 'Messenger' and we would have to search around that area to find a leader that would ask us some trivia questions from our lessons we learned that week.
|my group during jeux de piste|