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I used to be the person that went along with what everyone else was doing. I used to be the person that focused on basic values such as love, honesty, and confidence. Even though those are values that everyone is expected to have, I never fully understood what they were supposed to look like in everyday life. It was last year around September when my Church released the sign up sheet for a mission trip to Costa Rica. When I was 14-years-old, I attended a trip to Costa Rica with my church. I had the experience, but was younger and more immature at that time. The summer of 2015 was eye-opening. However, what I experienced never officially stuck with me. In early January I decided to sign up for the 2017 mission trip, in hopes that I would find myself there. It was bright and early when my youth group drove into the church parking lot. We unloaded our suitcases from our cars, and packed them into the van. Our flight was supposed to take off around 8:30 a.m. that morning. I remember feeling anxious on our way there. Questions raced through my mind nonstop such as, “What if I lose my passport? How do I communicate with them if I don't speak Spanish? What if they don't like me? What if I don't feel God?” When we arrived, all my worries faded almost immediately. I automatically got a feeling of a home away from home. All my memories from my first trip came flooding back. I had a happy heart, and a mind at peace. Later that week things began to get more serious and in depth.
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