I spent a little over a week volunteering on board the Logos Hope when it visited Barbados. A simple statement however such an understatement about the experience. I was part of the Deep programme based on Luke 5:4, the verse that I wrote on recently. I assisted in different roles in the Book Fair, mostly welcoming visitors to the boat, assisting them in finding different books in the book fair as well as helping the cashiers. I also had the opportunity to participate in a Connect Day (C-Day) where we interacted more with visitors in the I-cafe. I was able to make balloon sculptures and interact with the kids which was an enjoyable experience.
I met many crew members from all over the world. It was great to learn about so many other countries and cultures. I also met other local volunteers as we trained and served together. I was matched with a buddy, Ruth from Austria (my new little sister) who had recently joined the ship. I enjoyed getting to know her and was challenged by her questions as God worked through her to have me consider and answer some tough questions. It was a blessing to spend time together and be able to go sightseeing where I was able to show Ruth some of the island.
Now that the ship has sailed to its next port and I have returned to my normal routine, I’m eager to ensure that this is not a one-off experience but that it bears fruit in my life that far surpasses the brief visit. Here are some of my takeaways I’m seeking to live out going forward:
❖ Go out into the deep- Commit to attending a mission trip next year
❖ Let down my nets- Understand that it’s not about a place, it’s in the heart
❖ Signal to others- Increase awareness of the importance to give and serve in missions
❖ Pursue growth– Learn and improve as I read the books I purchased
How can your memorable experience have a forward impact in your life?
✞ Are You Really In?