I’ve always had a travel bug. I like to fly & take road trips. I guess it started when I was young, traveling around the United States with my Mom. Seeing the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, visiting the Smithsonian, the Statue of Liberty, the St. Louis Arch, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower, Old Faithful, the Grand Teton Mountains, the Petrified Forest and the San Fransisco Bridge.
By the age of 10 I had traveled coast to coast and enjoyed the beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. I remember that trip vividly, camping at night, driving during the day from one town to another. It was a magical experience for a little girl.
When I turned 18 I got the chance to experience Europe, the Eiffel Tower and the White Cliffs of Dover. I bought a unique watch in Switzerland, ate spaghetti in Italy, and walked along the pebble beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, in France.
At 24, I walked through the Parthenon in Athens, Greece & then witnessed the amazing blue sky and white buildings on the island of Santorini. I walked the streets of Ephesus and imagined what it was like in the Apostle Paul’s day.
Later that year I went as a missionary to Hong Kong. I lived in the mountains across from the Temple of 10,000 Buddhas. I walked knee deep in the rain to teach English. Later I stood on the border of China with a knot in my stomach as I watched the clock countdown marking Hong Kong’s return to Communist rule.
At 28 I climbed the pyramid ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and two years later moved the the mountains of Jalisco near Lake Chapala, the largest natural lake in Mexico, as a full time missionary.
At 40, I traveled south and met people from all over Central and South America. This trip was special because it was the first time I have traveled without the need of a translator. When traveling in Europe, or even Hong Kong, the common language was always English, but not on this trip….this time I could communicate in Spanish! (And-Oh what doors this new skill opened!)
And although I say I have a travel bug…..(which I do), that is NOT what inspires my travels. Instead it is this deep desire to see the Great Comission fulfilled. So when I am asked “Why go?” I remember Jesus’ command in the book of Mark, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 15:16) Keeping that command before me, my only reasonable response is to GO.