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This Short-Term Mission Trip Changed My Life

By Brandi Kirby

At age 38 I thought to myself, There has to be more to my walk with the Lord than leading a small group and serving at church on Sundays. God was deeply stirring my heart to want more of Jesus, to know Him intimately, and to serve Him in a greater dimension.

So I took a step in faith and headed to the Philippines with a group from my church, The Point in Charlottesville, Virginia, to serve with Advancing Native Missions. On this trip, God showed me what I was seeking.

We helped construct a church in a village that is a day’s walk from the main road. (So thankful we had a vehicle!) A native pastor from a nearby village and a few of his people were working on the church.

So many children and adults gathered around the work site. Not many spoke English. Nonetheless, we laughed, played, and worked alongside them. We connected through love, despite the language barrier.

One night when we shared the Jesus Film Project in the local language, I witnessed the power of praying in the name of the Lord.

At the point in the video when Jesus was lifted up on the cross, we paused the video so the village pastor could give a message. At just that moment, a group of wild dogs in the village started barking like crazy, as if their purpose was to disrupt this ministry opportunity.

I prayed fiercely. These people had to hear the message. The dogs went silent. One of my teammates later asked, “Did you notice what happened with the dogs?” He had been praying too! Several villagers found salvation that evening.

Later in the trip, we took the film to another village. The movie was paused at the same moment, and the local pastor preached a powerful message—I heard the passion in his voice. Then I experienced the most exhilarating feeling as I heard the people repeating in unison a prayer in their language. I knew with every fiber of my heart what had just happened. We were told later that many had accepted Christ into their hearts!

The last day of our trip a sister and fellow teammate found victory in her own internal battle. She shared her testimony for the very first time with the children of the school. She is no longer a slave to that fear which has prevented her from declaring God’s victory in her life. We serve an awesome God!

I gained brothers and sisters in Christ on this trip. Our team grew together through serving, encouraging, and sharing with each other. I saw God’s greatness through instantly answered prayers. I learned to love more deeply than I ever knew I could. I experienced love with no boundaries, and I learned our ministry shouldn’t have boundaries either. It changed my life.

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