Sunday, June 14, 2009

We are...LIGHTFORCE!

Late Friday night I returned from a 5 day missions trip with our youth choir. This year we went to Immokalee, FL. It is about 45 minutes from Naples and is considered one of the poorest communities in the state.

SIDE NOTE: Ironic don't you think, that the poorest and richest communities in the state are within the same county?

We took with us 38 students from 6th-12th grade to serve the nearby town and people. Originally we were intending to do "backyard Bible club" types of ministry but the week before, plans fell through and the whole trip changed.
Instead of having a ton of interaction with kids, we would be doing a wide variety of service projects through organizations such as IHOPE and Timber Ridge Community Center as well as not only serving, but eating dinner with the residents of Friendship House Homeless Shelter each day.

It was an amazing time! We learned about flexibility, God's ultimate purpose being fulfilled, how our attitude reflects our heart condition & how there are no limits to what God can do through a willing person. I watched kids grow up in a matter of days and I pray the desire they have now for serving the needs of our neighbors will only continue to burn in their hearts as time wears on.

I always love going on trips like these not only b/c its a break from the norm or because I love missions but also b/c its an opportunity to know these youth beyond merely face recognition. I teach 12th graders but I don't often get to know the guys and girls that are in the other grades due to family obligations. This past week I met and spent time with some amazing teenagers.
I walked away from this trip with so many things but mostly with a renewed hope in the future and it being placed in the hands of the next generation.


1 comment:

Amanda said...

Those kids have a way of doing that. :)

(renewed hope in the future, that is)

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