In my previous post about why I walked the Camino de Santiago I mentioned doing research on potential short-term mission trips. As I walked, I was observing what needs there were for both the pilgrims and the locals. Obviously I didn’t have to observe some of the needs as I felt them firsthand.
The following ideas are simply that; ideas. That is all they can be at this point. The way we work, in GEM Teams, is we work with European partners who would benefit by having a short-term team come and serve alongside them. Without that, there will not be a short-term team. That being said, here are some potential ideas I thought about while on my way:
- Hike for a week and then serve somewhere for a week. Potentially finishing the whole Camino over 5 years.
- While hiking set up nightly discussions on topics such as hope, forgiveness, love, etc.
- Volunteer at Pilgrims’ Oasis in Viana, Spain
- Set up aid stations in particularly tough areas providing water, fruit, ice cream, etc.
- Take photos of people on the Camino with their phone or with a nice camera and email later
- Have massage therapists, physical therapists, doctors, and/or nurses help with injuries.
- Find a place to prepare communal meals for small or large groups and invite people to come and enjoy.
There are more ideas of places to stay and work, but these ideas are the ones I think are the most likely to work. Depending on the group we could potentially get to come, any, all or none of these ideas might work. I made some contacts along the way and I’m excited for the potential of how we can serve those on the Way.