Few phrases evoke more emotion in my soul than, “The cabin doors have closed.” For most of my adult life, I have invested in guiding hundreds of people on short-term mission projects. When I hear these words at the beginning of the trip, I breathe a sigh of relief. Prior to departure, the tireless work of recruiting, training volunteers and preparing for the project fills every waking moment. Once the cabin door closes, I can do nothing else to ensure the trip’s success. I surrender my work and am restrained to hours of cramped legs, turbulence and peanuts until we reach our final destination. My life is in the hands of the pilot. …Read More.