My mission was to Strasbourg, helping in a café and serving in the local church, alongside two long-term WEC workers. I really enjoyed helping with English classes for kids – that was my favourite part. The lessons were really fun and I enjoyed getting to know the kids in the neighbourhood.
The language barrier was probably the most challenging part of the mission for me, especially later in the trip, when I was getting tired. But I knew a little French before I went and my language skills improved loads while I was there.
By the time I came home, I could understand most of what I was hearing. The cultural differences were tricky, too.
The kiss-on-the-cheek thing took some getting used to and meals could last for four hours!
I feel God is calling me to long-term mission, so it was exciting to get a taste of overseas work. I don’t know exactly where God will take me or what I’ll end up doing yet, but I’m happy to leave it in his hands.
Find out more about our Short Term / Gap Year ministry
WEC’s Short Term programme is geared to fuel your passion for God through a hands-on experience.
For a Solo Trek, we aim to match your gifts and time-frame for a short-term cross-cultural faith-filled adventure with God. We will place you alongside an experienced missionary in any one of over 80 countries, where you can serve God, share the good news and grow in your faith.
Alongside Solo Trek, we encourage Church Teams to organise and run your own short term cross-cultural trip. Feel free to get in touch if you would welcome some tips to get you started.
Read more about Short Term / Gap Year here.
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