- Posted October 9, 2013 by
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Mexico mission trip
Yu hang Chen, who comes from China, went on a Mexico mission trip last spring break. She was the first Chinese student from Oklahoma Christian University to go to a Mexico village to do service. Though the language is different, which caused lots of problems for her, she did a good job for this mission trip. Every day Chen helped groups to do different work, such as building houses and painting the walls. She frequently taught children Bible stories and played games with them. During this time, Chen not only helped other people, but also improved herself.
This mission trip was a good experience for Chen. Her friends felt the same way.
“The mission trips are a good idea, and I think they are life-changing experiences. I believe just the whole idea of going out of a person’s way to help others and impact their lives is something that is unrepeatable,” said sophomore Maegan Cowan. “It is a huge accomplishment for Chen to be the first Chinese student from OC to attend this mission trip to Mexico, while also influencing others to do the same.”
Senior Lauren Kennedy agreed. “It sounds like a very productive trip that benefited her and the people around her,” said Kennedy. “I think it was very good for her to experience many different cultures while being away from home.”
Though their opinions are the similar, Colton Marcotte emphasizes something about God. “I think wanting to go to Mexico was so cool. A mission trip is a good activity, and it is worth doing,” said Marcotte. “It not only can help people have a deeper understanding of God, but also know other lives in the world.”
Mission trips are good for people, and Chen had a good time in Mexico. However, different languages create problems with communication. In daily life, it is convenient to use the same language rather than a different language. Although Cowan, Kennedy and Marcotte agree on some level, each has specific ideas on communication.
“If I communicate with people using different languages, I could have good communication. It won’t be the greatest communication because we are from different countries, but we can still understand what the other person is trying to communicate to us,” said Cowan. “Although Chen was not familiar with the language, this did not take away from the impact she had on different people’s lives.”
Kennedy, however, remains neutral, while discussing the language issue. “I think it is more effective if two people are speaking the same language, and also it can make the native speaker feel more comfortable,” she said.
Marcotte has a differing opinion about this topic. “If the language is different, people cannot completely understand the meaning, and it will cause many problems; but sometimes people can use body language and eye contact to communicate with others.”
While people who speak different languages may not have good communication with each other, different languages do not make people feel separate because some things are beyond languages.
“I believe that although people around the world speak different languages, we are still united as one,” said Cowan. “Not knowing the language did not take away from the wonderful experience Chen had while there, but rather, showed her a different culture and also teachings of a new language.”
Kennedy disagrees, recognizing the problem of a language barrier. “The more language you know, the more people you can communicate with,” said Kennedy. “It could hinder some of the work, if you have to rely on someone else to speak for you.”
Marcotte, on the other hand, agrees with Cowan. “Language is a communication tool, and it expresses people’s emotions. In some special situations, the smile and love will go beyond languages,” she said.
The three believe that people should attend a mission trip because it not only helps other people, but also enhances the missionary’s spiritual level. Language is no barrier. Nothing is more important than love. If people do not know how to communicate with different languages and express their emotions, a smile is enough.
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