The Mission Trip To Oklahoma

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On May 20th, 2013 a massive tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado was discussed all over the news. That state needed all the volunteers it was able to get to help clean up debris, then eventually start the rebuild process. My church saw this as an opportunity to have a mission trip. A group of teenagers and adults from my church planned a trip to Oklahoma that June. When arriving there I was extremely emotional seeing the destruction everywhere. The mission trip changed me for the better in multiple ways. I used to be selfish, ungrateful, and lazy. During the mission trip I realized anything can be taken away at any time. I learned how to be a hard worker, and I was determined to accomplish my goal. When the trip was over, I became more …show more content…
I considered myself as a selfish person. For example, I was nice to everyone I came in contact with, and if someone needed assistance, I got involved. Even though I helped those in need, I always mumbled in my head, “I actually don’t want to do this”, or “I want to do something else.” Not only was I a little selfish, I was ungrateful. I always wanted more than what I had. For instance, even though I had pairs of boots, I would say to my mom, “I saw this girl in school with these really cute boots. I wish I could get them.” My mom would then say, “Angela you already got boots.” I constantly wished for new belongings, when what I had was already nice. I was also lazy. I always wanted to sit around, listen to music, and do activities that pleased me. I did not want to get out of my seat to help me dad run the sweeper. I felt bad for those in need, but did not put the effort forth to actual effort to do anything to assist them. For instance, I knew that there were natural disasters in other areas, but never told anyone or planned on going on a trip there to help those who lost their homes. Prior to the Oklahoma trip I obtain personality traits I do not …show more content…
I believe I am more compassionate of other people’s feelings. Prior to the trip I did not want to stop what I was doing to help my dad do the dishes or run the vacuum. Now, I realize that my dad is asking me to help him because he actually needs it. I am more willing to serve now. Since that trip I have been to more trips where we help others in need by, cleaning, building things that need to build, and just being a support. For example, just like the Oklahoma mission trip, I went to New Jersey and Mississippi after a natural disaster and spent my time assisting homeowners in the cleaning and rebuilding of their homes process. I am overall more grateful for what I have. From seeing the homeowners lose their homes and being able to help them make me realize I should be happy with what I have because other people in this world may have nothing. I am equally concerned about my needs and others. For example, in Oklahoma I got to talk to people who survived the tornado, and I wanted to hear their miracle story. Since that day, I want to know more about other people’s lives, rather than just always being concerned about my own being. Since the Moore, Oklahoma trip, I feel am changed for the better, and I understand that life is not in our own hands, so we should appreciate everything about

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