One thing we promise all our visiting short term teams: we will let you experience things on the mission field that will be stories you can tell your children and children’s children! You will eat things you’ve never dreamt of before. You will sleep in the most awkward of places. You will do things you did not previously think yourself capable of. We took a bus 9 hours south from The Hub Outreach and Hospitality Center to 26 Tribes region. We hosted English Corners among a number of young people eager to practice their English. We met migrant workers and farmers. One of the young men we met was a chef. He told us he would love to cook for our visiting teams. “Okay, that would be great,” I said. “But if you cook, I would like to request pig brains!” I said it in jest, but the request was taken seriously. Two days later, everyone was gathered in the outreach center, ready for a home cooked meal, when, surprise, surprise, off comes a lid to expose boiled pig brains!

“Eat whatever is set before you.” We take Jesus’ command seriously, so all our visiting short term team members reluctantly dug in. “They’re not that bad actually,” one girl said. “It reminds me of a stinky hard boiled egg,” said another. But we did not feast on pig brains alone. That wouldn’t be a complete meal, now would it? An array of delectable dishes were spread across the table, and our short term team members leaned in, squinting, to figure out what they were about to partake of. Garlic fried morning glory. Pork fat. Pig brains. Snails. “Pass the snails, please,” one of the girls requested. “They’re the best dish here!”


Want to reach unreached people groups and young people in China? Then be willing to say, God, I will eat anything and go anywhere and do anything and sleep anywhere that your name might be glorified!

Besides, pig brains just taste like “a stinky hard boiled egg”, so what’s the big deal anyway?

David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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