It’s in all our hearts to help those in need. With so many countries and cities in greater need than our own, we send out groups of people from our local churches to help those less fortunate. On these ministry trips, homes, churches, schools and sanctuaries are built to help less fortunate people with shelter, spirituality, education and safety. Though so much is donated and volunteered, we still must keep our fellow missionaries safe and properly looked after.
We’ve recently heard the story of a Christian man from Vancouver who endured the worst international travels you can imagine. As a Canadian citizen, he was equipped with his passport, additional ID and all the necessary documents he needed while flying to Haiti for this mission trip. Getting across the border was a long process, unfortunately this man’s documents were not all up to date and had a mistake that the border patrol did not take too lightly. For legal reasons, we can not disclose the error. However, as you can imagine, his journey was off to a bumpy start. This poor man who is just trying to make his way to help those less fortunate is now being hassled by patrol and interrogated due to one honest mistake. After some hours and finally working out the kinks, the border patrol let him through only for him to just barely make his flight with the rest of the missionary crew.
When he had arrived in Haiti, all seemed back to normal for the time being. The crew had arrived in the community that they were there to help rebuild, and construction was underway. The team had grown as a group and through teamwork and prayer, they had built a new community for the locals of the city. Life changing experiences took place, and they all learned so much about themselves, their faith, and those less fortunate countries that still exist today. However, this innocent man’s troubles were not over yet. Battling some medical difficulties in this foreign country and accidentally compromising his travel documents along with many other personal belongings, he was not in a good place. After this, he had a run in with the local law enforcement and was once again faced with the issues he had at the border on the way out of Canada.
Unfortunately this had followed him back to the airport when all was said and done. As his file now had some (recent) activity on it, he was held back once again by border security. This time it was not as easy as getting out of Canada due to his damaged passport. He had a difficult time proving his citizenship due to his lack of documentation, and he had a very rough time making it back into Canada. After a missed flight, he was allowed to board a plane back to Vancouver. This hasn’t been the end of it though. He is now dealing with a local immigration lawyer on how to best iron out the bumps he faced during his travels. As these issues become a part of his past, he has mentioned that never again will he travel internationally without the consultation of a lawyer to ensure all his documents and papers are properly filled out.…