LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Serving others is nothing new for 12-year-old Sophie Goforth.
“She would have kids who were invited to her birthday parties bring presents for kids at the hospital,” said Stephanie, Sophie’s mother.
So when Sophie made an unusual request for her Christmas present, her parents weren't surprised.
“The opportunity came up for me to go to Guatemala,” Sophie said. “And I said, ‘God, am I supposed to do this?’ So I just said ‘I need to do this. I need to go on this mission trip.’”
After talking with her parents and convincing them she would rather go to Guatemala than get any Christmas presents, they granted her wish.
Sophie sacrificed all Christmas presents for her first ever mission trip out of the country.
And even though Sophie had planned to just go with her mom, it didn’t take long for her brother Mitchell and father Matthew to join in.
"What a great experience for us to get to show them what God has done for us." Matthew said.
So the Goforth family packed their bags and set out to serve in their first mission trip together as a family.
“This was completely out of my comfort zone,” Stephanie said. “I’ve just watched Sophie from the very first day run in and hug the children. She just felt right at home.”
And even though the trip offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be together, it has granted invaluable memories for the family.
“They don’t have soccer balls, they don’t have anything,” Mitchell said, “and I even saw some kids playing in the street. They were just having the time of their life. I have just learned to be thankful and to never take anything for granted.”
When the last day of the trip approached, Matthew, Stephanie, Mitchell and Sophie gathered the clothes they had packed in a separate bag, but didn’t intend to take it home.
Instead, they donated the clothes at a Buckner Guatemala office to be donated to families in need.
When asked if the sacrifice of her time and presents was worth it, Sophie responded with a, “Yes! It was worth everything.”