What does the line item,” Missions” mean on the spreadsheet of the church budget? Where does that money go? Does it have any significance to Vineville? In June of 2013, my then thirteen-year-old daughter and I set out on a mission trip organized by VUMC to Costa Rica. Twenty- three members of our congregation served together for a week in very close, uncomfortable conditions. And we could not have been happier. While most participating members raised funds to travel to Costa Rica, VUMC supported the group and specifically some individual travelers. I am grateful that our church fostered and supported the trip, and I believe we made a difference where we served. However, the greatest personal advantage Kate and I received was the forever bond formed with church members. How many thirteen-year-olds do you know that enthusiastically hug church members, from every age group, when they arrive at church on Sunday? When you struggle, pray and serve together in missions, relationships deepen. I am so grateful for the relationships built between Kate and Vineville members, and I know she considers them friends she can count on. This mission trip helped define, “church home” for both of us. I am hopeful that this line item grows as I am anxious for others to experience this bond.