Testimonies From Team Members
Below are just a few representative testimonies of mission team members who have worked alongside us in our Kingdom Builders and Medical Clinics programs. For more detailed information on each team, view the Team Reports of prior participants. If you have a testimony about your Paradise Bound experience to share with us, please go to Submit Your Story or email founder Dan Smith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Glimpse of a Week with PBM
Mission team participant L. Bauman recently sent us a reflection on her week long trip to Guatemala with Paradise Bound. Click the link to download and read her firsthand account, "A Glimpse at Our Week with Paradise Bound".
M. De Jong Says:
"I am praying right now for you...and I'm remembering that prayer isn't just for the great work: it is the greatest work! :) I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for the trip I took to serve with you in Guatemala a few summers ago, and how God nudged me even farther towards foreign missions through that experience. I love how God works. Now I am serving in Greece, and I will be here as long as God keeps me here. So sweet to be following the plans the Lord has for me to bring Him all the glory and praise. May you be filled to the brim and overflowing with the peace and joy of Christ, empowered to pierce the darkness of this world with the light of Christ!"
J. Brace Wrote:
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." —Philippians 4:6-7
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the construction process at your new location. It was very enriching to work with other talented and committed men to further your mission. I thought the construction process was why I felt moved to help out and that was something I felt qualified to help with. But by the end of the trip I knew God only wanted me there to carry a Bible that was set in front of me, up a few stairs to a young man in a remote village and He will take care of the rest. That was easy! I ended up doing what I felt least qualified for, it took no special talent and it also makes the biggest impact for both of us. Bet that's not the first time someone has experienced the same thing.
I can think of many things to say about how great a job you are doing by helping the people, how wisely you proceed and the enriching time I had, but the only thing that mattered once I returned home was that I carried that Bible—easily the simplest thing I did all week. Thanks for the work He does thru you and your family.
Now that I'm home all I can think about is you guys and the people in the villages. It's amazing to tell the stories, and see the tears of the people here who hear them.
—R. Vander Lugt