In August 2010, four young adults participated a mission trip to Romania to work at a summer camp as part of Lehigh Presbytery’s ongoing partnership with the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania. Read all of their entries.
Arrive in Budapest
Spend the Day/Night There with Tibor Nagy
They have arrived safely and have met up with Tibor Nagy. They are taking in the sights of the city of Budapest and had lunch at McDonalds.
1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
~ Matthew 7:1-2
When I was a high school student, I had the opportunity to spend three weeks on a mission experience in Ecuador. One of the biggest concerns that we had revolved around food. We couldn’t drink the water, because it would make us sick. That meant we couldn’t eat things washed in water either, like salad. To make matters worse, for a team of teens, the diet provided by our hosts wasn’t exactly the stuff you’d find at a Pennsylvania home. One day we had to try to eat cow intestine. It was gross. One day we were guests at a special dinner where chicken was the main course, and we were told that the honored guest(s) got to eat the head!
Needless to say, we weren’t thrilled with that!
One afternoon, we drove past the most beautiful sight we had ever seen! “Pollo Frito a la Kentucky!” KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN! IN THE MIDDLE OF ECUADOR! We were ecstatic! We simply HAD to eat there. So after a great deal of badgering of our leaders, we did.
It. Was. Awful. We actually talked about how cow intestine wasn’t really all that bad after all. And in fact the next day, cow intestine was served again, and we all ate it like it was a Thanksgiving turkey!
What’s the point?
An open mind to what’s happening around you is crucial if you’re going to have a great experience. Be willing to take risks…even eat weird things. The reality is, the things from “back home” that we take for granted are often not nearly as great as we think they are, when compared to what other places have to offer. The more we are open to being a part of the culture we are visiting the more we will integrate and truly experience the culture, and the more easily we will be unified with our hosts.
What is a big risk that you might need to take today? Will you be “A PART” of the culture? Or will you set yourself apart?
First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem
Camp Brainerd Care Team