Thursday, January 06, 2011

Trip Participant Reflects on Serving Houston

The Center for Student Missions (CSM) is an organization that provides short-term urban mission trip opportunities to students in 10 cities throughout the United States and Canada. One of which is in Houston! On this trip, your group will be staying in the heart of the city, and most of your meals will be eaten at ethnic restaurants in Houston. On your first night there, you will be given a tour of the city that will clearly show the problems that Houston is facing, but also you will be informed of the amazing things that God is doing in the city to further His Kingdom. Finally, you will be able to put your hands to work alongside ministries that are working day in and day out in urban ministry.
The experience that our group had with CSM was unlike any other. Being thrown into an urban environment like Houston and truly do work that had meaning, all the while growing closer to the people in our group was amazing! We were blessed by the amazing stories of every person we met from the homeless to the children to the elderly, and it was a great opportunity for all of us to practice sharing our stories, too! 
It is an understatement to say that the experience that our group had with CSM Houston changed lives. It brought our students closer together, but more importantly it opened their eyes to see that there is a much larger world than the one they experience every day. CSM does a great job of showing students that human suffering is real and it is truly at your backdoor, but they also place students in positions to be able to work with people who are attempting to alleviate that suffering.
-Tyler M., CSM Houston Trip Participant

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