mission (n.) /ˈmiSHən/ an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel (source: Google.com). Also: “A mission is a special quest, one that involves more effort than, say, a trip to the corner store. If you were to drive all around the state searching garage sales for porcelain cats, you could say you were on a missionMission comes from a Latin word that means ‘to send’” (source: vocabulary.com).

I’m not sure if the fact that I’m going as a humanitarian volunteer on a medical mission makes me a missionary (the last thing I ever expected to become), but if so, I am a missionary on a quest to greet and aid refugees fleeing the Middle East and North Africa as they try to find a peaceful place to rest and raise their families. I see these peoples’ culture and religion as two of the many assets that make them unique, special and vibrant humans. I hope that my small contributions on the beaches of Lesbos will provide comfort and encouragement to these brave world citizens searching for a safe haven. Said more simply, I just want to make a difference and maybe even help save a life.

Note: Map of Lesbos by Giacomo Franco (1597).

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