This summer, July 11th-25th, my church is going to the Philippines on a mission trip. Usually I don't go for mission trips much because my church seems to pick trips that are medicine involved (which I know nothing about) or house building/labor intensive trips (which I would be no help with). However, this time is different.
This trip is to go and work with Little Children of the Philippines. I would be spending two weeks spending time with preschoolers (teaching them and playing with them), elementary school aged children (taking them out to lunch and playing with them) and high school/college aged children (teaching them English). I would also spend a couple days visiting sponsored children of church members and friends we know. If I go, I would have a very special child to visit.
Sounds great right?!
Well, here's the catch...
I just started working at my job less than a year ago. For the first two years that I work here, I get, at most, 50 hours of paid leave at a time. To go on this trip, I would need to have 100 hours off of work. For a week, I've beens stewing and worrying about going into my supervisor and asking her if this trip will be possible. I've been praying for understanding, for God to move mountains in my, sometimes not so positive and willing, supervisor.
Today, I asked her. First, she said no. Flat out no. I pushed her a little bit and asked why not. She told me that unless I work 37 hours a week, I would lose my benefits plan for the whole year and she wouldn't want that to happen to me. Well, then I informed her that I am not currently enrolled in the benefits plan (I am only 22 and I'm still milking my family insurance plan for awhile until I become more financially stable. Also, this may have been God's plan, having me drop my benefits.) Anyway, after I told her this, she responded with, "Well, this might work."
THIS MIGHT WORK!
She is going to discuss the mission trip with her supervisor, the director of the school. They will then go discuss it with HR to see if this would be possible.
I'm pretty terrifed to be rocking the boat like this the very first year of my "big girl job", but I'm feeling confident in God's will at the same time.
If you could join me in praying for God to move mountains, I would appreciate it.
I would love for this to work out.
A Sunday school class at The Little Children of the Philippines. I want to lead this class!