A major part of any Mission International team's experience is the preparation stage for the trip. Team members do go through a period of training, however often one of the most testing times is deciding what to take with us. The team will gather a consignment of items together in the months prior to departure, each of which is destined to support the poor or to further the work of the team during deployment. The pictures below show items being gathered and packed for transport. Each team member is allocated 2 X 23kg suitcases which after their limited clothes allowance is packed will be filled with the items gathered.
Poor and needy families will benefit from the gifts and items carried and those who are treated by the dental/medical team will also greatly benefit. Dental and medical facilities are scarce in Burundi due to severe national poverty and so the queues of people waiting for help and treatment will again be long.
It is sure to be a challenging trip for each member of the team, please pray with us that God uses us to achieve great things during our time in Burundi.