Steve and I have had some great conversations today about the accompaniment model for mission trips. This means that we do not impose ourselves on the people in other countries with our values and our money, but rather that we "walk with" them in their various ministries and struggles. We met two missionaries today who are also working with this concept. It means that there is mutual respect on both sides of the mission trip, and that both parties have something to give as well as to receive. We know that we have money to give, but those who have been on these trips know that we receive so much as well, especially in the way we see real community flourish among people who have less material wealth to worry about. We will be exploring this theme more on this trip.