I’m super excited to have the chance to share with you the many, blessed opportunities we’ve had during our trip. We can’t believe we only have one more full- day here in Louisiana.
Just like most of the teens, this is my first mission trip. So imagine my nervousness about traveling to a new place, wondering how difficult or tiring the physical work of rebuilding a home may be, and then to have to help lead a group of energetic teenagers!!
I can honestly say I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We are taken care of so well by the Reach Global staff. It is such a good balance of serving by doing some labor, of learning new skills (Phil will be so impressed at my ability to handle tools now J), of meeting new people, and of sharing Christ together. Brian asked me if I’d want to return, and I’m already thinking of my next break from school. The need for more volunteers and workers is great. For example, the home we’ve been working on will have to wait another week or so before any more work can be completed.
It’s been apparent that our whole group has been covered with prayers. Brian, Brad, Dana, and I are operating on 3-4-5 hours of sleep a night and yet we’re able to work AND hang out with these kiddos. Thank you so much for lifting us up!
It’s such a blessing to observe the bonding and growth made by our youth group. They are meeting so many wonderful people who are living out the gospel by dedicating their lives to help those in need. I just love looking around the room and hearing their laughter and joy on their faces. There are so many inside jokes between the two teams and fond memories. Be sure to ask about the mud fall, yogurt, singing Disney songs, touching the ceiling, fear of moths, bugs on the Levy, the spectacular April Fool’s joke, the discouraging generator—there are certainly more but I wanted to give you parents and friends some specific “conversation starters” (my team has probably had enough of my questions already!)
Beyond all the fun, there has been a focus on prayer and taking those steps to be bold for Christ and carrying out the Great Commission. Spending time with Dorothy (our homeowner) and meeting her family has shown our team that we’re all the same no matter what culture we share or where we live. We need to take the time to slow down a bit and be intentional in connecting with the people around us. We can’t share the gospel without first having some kind of relationship together. These are the lessons I’m taking home with me.
At the beginning of the trip, I was thinking we were all making sacrifices to be here. It’s the opposite. I want to thank you for the privilege to serve with our awesome Wildfire kids!