Sunday morning after church, we checked Zachary in and dropped him off to head out for his first mission trip! More than 60 of our middle school youth, along with at least a dozen leaders, went to Kentucky to minister to children for the week. We haven't been in touch with Zachary, except for a quick phone call to let us know he had arrived and was ok.
I am praying that his heart will be touched during this trip, and that his faith will be strengthened. I pray that he, and the other youth, will truly be a blessing to others. I pray for a lasting impact from this week of service. This morning I got the following message in an email from our youth pastor:
Since our teams have now finished their first day ministering to the children and giving their reports tonight (Tuesday), I wanted to relay some of the students' comments.
* God has brought us here for a reason.
* This trip isn't about us; it’s about these children and Jesus.
* I didn't know how I would make it a week w/o my iPod. After seeing these children (who don't even have things like that and seeing how happy they are because we would want to play with them with a ball), has caused me to wonder why I think I need "technology" to make me happy.
* When we were leaving and I saw the 8 year old boy that I'd played with walking by himself in the rain and the mud to where his mom works, I realized how sad that was and how thankful I need to be for my parents who take care of me.
* We need to be thankful for having parents who teach us the difference (between right and wrong), because some of these children don't have those kind of parents.
* When I asked her what she wanted me to (face)paint on her, she said a "C". I asked if she would like for me to paint her whole name and she said "if it’s not asking too much." She actually was afraid of asking too much of me.
* (different situation)... then I was able to share the gospel with her and she accepted Christ!
These were some of the comments shared by 25 of our students. There will be more during the next two nights. Thank you for your prayers.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" ~Isaiah 52:7