Summer of Mission

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23

Mission Work

This week I leave for my 8th mission trip…my 6th with students of COTHA.

I love being a mom. Hanging out and being active and engaged in my children’s lives is one of my greatest blessings.   Mission trips are an excellent opportunity to see students grow and to learn more about God’s love and to see that in my own children is amazing indeed.

However, through all this hanging out with my kids as well as other students from COTHA, I’ve really grown to love Evangelism and sharing God’s love and providence with others. God, once again, used my children, to pull me closer and to accomplish his will here on earth.

So in honor of another summer of mission, I thought I’d take a look back over the years, reflect and remember all the wonderful experiences I have been blessed with while blessing others:

2009 – High Island, JH Mission – my first mission…to provide for the residents in High Island after Hurricane Ike.

Summer of Mission | DJ Ranch

2009 – Mission to Mexico, Family Mission. The poverty in the border towns of Mexico is astounding! This was a great trip for families to work together.

Summer of Mission | DJ Ranch

2010 – Dallas, JH Mission. My first Urban trip…working with social agencies and the homeless located in downtown Dallas.

Summer of Mission | DJ Ranch

2011 – Houston, JH Mission. Another urban trip right here in the heart of Houston. An eye-opener for many of our students.

Summer of Mission | DJ Ranch

2011 – Uganda, Adult Mission.  An amazing opportunity to spread the gospel to a remote place through the practical help of medicine, mosquito nets and fellowship.

Summer of Mission | DJ Ranch

2012 – Austin, JH Mission – Working with the elderly and low-income residents of Austin.

Summer of Mission | DJ Ranch

2012 – Atlanta, SH Mission – LOTS of yard work and snakes!  Working with the elderly in Atlanta.

Summer of Mission | DJ Ranch

It’s been a wonderful experience so far and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me this summer!

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.