My Top Ten Funny Experiences on Mission

Spending time doing mission work in foreign lands can be trying and exhausting. The trips can also offer many chances for new and funny experiences. I found that learning to laugh with the people we serve can break down many barriers and make ministry together easier. “Laughter is good medicine” proves to be true even on the mission field.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 (ESV)

I think we take ourselves too seriously sometimes and forget to laugh along the path of life. Laughter and rejoicing are mentioned throughout the Bible. God gave us laughter to lighten our burdens. When our hearts feel light enough to laugh, we can easily rejoice at all God has done for us.

When our hearts feel light enough to laugh, we can easily rejoice at all God has done for us. Click To Tweet

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2 (ESV)

Today, I want to take the time to share some of the lighter moments from my journeys.

  1. Kissed by a giraffe.
  2. Learned to braid goat intestines.
  3. A local tricked into watching them butcher a cow for dinner.
  4. Had a baboon watch me as I went to the bathroom behind a rock.
  5. Petted a real, live cheetah and survived it.
  6. Helped construct a building using cow manure for plaster.
  7. Taught an orphan how to get on an escalator.
  8. Learned to call myself “Crazy White Person” in a tribal language.
  9. Bathed in an outdoor shower while someone milked a cow in the stall next to me.
  10. Learned how to “knock” on a door for a house constructed of plastic sheeting. (clue – you clapped your hands loudly).

I pray you find some laughter in your day. I would love to hear about some of the funny experiences God provided for you during a time of ministry. Please share them in the comment section below.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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16 thoughts on “My Top Ten Funny Experiences on Mission

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Thanks for giving me laughter today. Looks like you have had some very interesting experiences. 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Lots of interesting experiences. God is good

  2. RubyCardinal – I’m a mess, a loving, caring, working, try to put my makeup on everyday, always smiling or to exhausted to function, mess. But it’s okay I wouldn’t change it for the world. Follow my journey, you and I will figure things out together!
    RubyCardinal

    Great read Check out my blog at https://rubycardinal.blog like/follow please

  3. Annie Rim – Denver – Welcome! I live in Colorado with my family and have taught in the classroom, at an art museum, and now in the playroom. I reflect about life, faith, and books here on my blog.
    Annie Rim

    I want to know more about braiding goat intestines!! Love your funny memories! 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Will the one good part is you clean them before you braid them. Lol. They are deep fried before eating and I did not like them.

      1. Annie Rim – Denver – Welcome! I live in Colorado with my family and have taught in the classroom, at an art museum, and now in the playroom. I reflect about life, faith, and books here on my blog.
        Annie Rim

        Oh wow!! Yeah, I’d imagine that would be a tough one to eat…

  4. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    Missions will change you–and for the better! Nothing like taking a shower next to a cow being milked to give you a new perspective.

  5. Yvonne, thank you for bringing a smile to my face this morning and warming my heart. Your post is a great reminder that God created laughter and it is a gift that does help us walk through life with a lighter step.

  6. Heather Hart – Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award winning author, book lover, author coach at TrainingAuthors.com and owner of BooklyBooks.com. With the heart of an author, she enjoys working from home where she spends her days typing away at her computer, brainstorming new marketing ideas, reading new books, and encouraging those around her. Heather's desire is to help others successfully publish and market their books while continuing to author, contribute to, and market multiple book marketing and faith-based books herself - and to have fun doing it! In her free time Heather writes and edits devotions for teens girls for the website, FindYourTrueBeauty.com and volunteers for multiple other Christian websites. When she's not reading, writing, or marketing, Heather loves spending time outdoors and seeing God's beautiful creation all around her. Heather lives in Texas with her husband, Paul, and their four energetic children.
    Heather Hart

    I laughed out loud when I read that you were kissed by a giraffe. I can only imagine what that must have been like.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Very sticky, lol

  7. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    These are all great! I don’t think I can single out one as my favorite – they’re all terrific – goats, manure, intestines, barn showers – you’ve got it all! What wonderful experiences you’ve had traveling the globe and serving the Lord! God bless!

  8. Edna Davidsen – Greenland – How to use Twitter? ★ Twitter Expert ★ Twitter Consulting ★ Twitter Trainer ★ Twitter Coach ★ Personal Branding ★ Social Media Marketing ★ Christian Blogger ★ Jesus Follower ★ Webdesign ★ Web-developing
    Edna Davidsen

    Yvonne, yes, laughter is great medicine and helps us connect with people.

  9. ordinarilyextraordinarymom – New Orleans, LA – My name is Brittany Bonnaffons, and I feel like I should have life figured out by now. I also feel like the world judges us by unrealistic standards. I have dedicated this blog to challenging standards and instead embracing yourself for who you are - ordinarily extraordinary.
    ordinarilyextraordinarymom

    Such a wonderful adventure! So many ways that God show us things we have never seen or done before. How great that God blesses us with lives full of laughter. Love this 🙂

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