~We have amazing youth! They are so eager to share the Gospel. It was most evident at the boys and girls club. Every time I would look around the room I would see at least one of our kids going over a tract or with an open Bible talking to one of the children. But they not only shared the gospel they played hard with the kids we were ministering too, regardless of the horrible heat. The way they played you would never know it was hot as the blazes and they did not complain. They would drink their water or their gatorade and get up and go again. They are amazing.
~In the backyard bible club I was a part of Jeffery Davidson was the teacher. He did a wonderful job. He explained things so well. I'm sure the children understand what falling short of the goal means :)
~It was a joy to get to know some youth I don't/didn't know. My day team and night teams were a lot of fun
~I learned I really am a mom, not a youth leader and that is okay. I think on mission trip they might need some moms :)
~I heard later that some of the kids (especially the older ones) weren't terribly appreciative of the constant reminders to drink water/gatorade and to get in the shade to cool off some. To them I say (not that they read my blog) "It is a mom thing. We really have your best interest at heart. I tried to only ask if you were looking especially sweaty or red in the face. I'm sorry if you felt nagged but I really was trying to look out for you"
~We have incredible cooks in our church. The care groups provided dinner for us each night. Each meal was so tasty. Thank you for your service to our team.
~For those who worked behind the scenes, some I'm aware of, some I am not, thank you for your hard work to prepare all that needed to be prepared: paper work, maps, lunches, shopping for supplies, everything.
~Please pray! Pray for the children who heard the gospel, that the seed planted would come to fruition. Pray for our team members who went on to do the Louisiana trip this week, for strength both physical and spiritual. Pray also that we won't lose the desire to share the gospel but that it will increase.
This seems short for all I feel but there comes a point where words don't come any more. I praise the Lord for allowing me to be a part of this trip. I trust He has been glorified.