• Clarissa Martinez


Updated: Dec 14, 2018

On June 10th, 2016 I flew out to Guatemala for my first mission trip. While in Guatemala I had the opportunity to care for kids at a malnutrition center. This center was a second home for children who came from less fortunate families that could not afford to put meals on the table everyday. Most of these children were extremely malnourished, and this center was where they would be brought back to health. To say this trip was an eye opener for me would be an understatement.

Most of us are aware that there are others who are less fortunate than us, but it’s not often that you actually witness it. There are many who have everything they need to live a great life, and yet they are unhappy. So you would think that these children and families who don’t have clean clothes or shoes would be even unhappier, but it was the complete opposite. The amount of genuine happiness I saw in these children and everyone I met in Guatemala not only amazed me, but it taught me something. It made me see that I needed to be grateful for what I have instead of focusing on what I don’t have, because that is exactly what they all did. Since they were so grateful, they had joy and they so willingly spread that to others. I think we could all learn something from that.

In Luke 6:38 it says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." During this mission trip I poured out a lot, but what I got poured back into me was more than I could have asked for. I was showered and filled with genuine love and joy. To me, there really isn’t anything better than that. That mission trip changed the way I look at the world and my circumstances. It helped me realize that God instilled a purpose in me to serve others.

With Christmas coming up, I believe it is a great time to serve. This time of the year can bring a financial burden to many when it should be a time of joy and celebration. How amazing would it be to help just one person or family have a better Christmas? This year, I am going to make the holiday less about me and more about others and I urge you to do the same as well. I am going to start looking into how I can help this month in Houston and if you have any ideas or would want to join me, please let me know!

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