McKenna-in-the-Philippines      McKenna playing with kids at a crusade outreach Well looking back, I realized that I wasn't really sure why I was going on the mission trip. And when I arrived I really started to wonder why I had come. I really struggled with the culture differences but through my doubts and struggles was the time that God started to work through my experience.

I realized that when you are serving God nothing else is important, even the fact that you feel like you are going to melt and explode from the rice intake. God gave me new perpesctive on this trip and I now look at life in a completely new way. This truly was the most amazing experience of my life and I can't wait to go back and take friends along to have the same life changing experience.

Before this trip, I didn't believe that God could use me. But I now have new confidence in the Lord and am able to share my faith on a whole new level at school and on my teams. And I am now so thankful for the ability God has given me to share my faith as a Christian teenage girl. The Lord never ceases to amaze me concerning the opportunities He gives me to tell others about Him.

- McKenna Mangum, 15, California, USA