When Ben traveled to this camp in Poland a few years ago for short-term mission work, our daughter Anna was five years old. We talked to her about why Daddy was going to be gone for so long. Later, when someone was talking to her about missing her Dad, Anna told them “My Daddy’s in Poland telling people God loves them. People need to know that.” Wow. This brought instant tears to my eyes because it meant that even in his absence, Ben was ministering to his own daughter in a powerful way. He was setting an example for her to share Christ to the world, and she was understanding that.
We hope to continue teaching our children about the importance of ministry, missions and telling people about Christ through this journey back to Poland. Being away from our kids for more than two weeks will be hard, but in the end we hope that it will leave on them a more lasting impression. Perhaps, when they are older, short-term missions can be something we do as a whole family.