Saturday, March 08, 2008

Music, Fellowship, and Sleep Deprivation

Posted by: Steven Gallo (Shakespeare)

I am blessed and overjoyed to report that thus far, this mission trip has already surpassed all of our expectations, and this after only two days. Our Friday here in sunny (yet delightfully dry and cool) Phoenix was spent in fellowship with disciples in the program; each group of 2-3 students were assigned a buddy with whom we got to spend the afternoon. The stories and experiences of each person here are all unique and an incredible manifestation of God's grace, faithfulness, and power. From recovering alcoholics, to former addicts, and ex-prisoners to previously homeless people, each has a story and a heart for the Lord. As we have all witnessed, it is truly incredible to see how God can guide and heal anyone and how He can work through sin as a means of bringing his children back to Him. Jay and Matt even met up with a disciple who is a former cage fighter and spent some time training in the weight room, while the girls fraternized with other women from the church.

Following lunch with the disciples, we took yet another trip to Popago Park, and once again, our daring, adrenaline-seeking friends sought out more adventurous endeavors. After conquering an even higher mountain, while some stayed below to play frisbee, we returned for dinner here at the Dream Center.

As far as the evening is concerned, we were incredibly blessed by the presence of God in a time of worship and sharing. I am certain that all of the students will attest to the impact (and fun) we experienced tonight. Students, disciples, and all filled the chapel room downstairs for a night service, including drama skits and praise and worship by our very own class of '09. After music, acting, and the sharing of testimonies by disciples in the program, we all truly came together. We spent a good hour just singing, dancing, and making music, filled with the Holy Spirit (Mr. Spidell really enjoyed the os!)

As for now, we've met with yet another late night, and an early morning awaits us in a about 6-7 hours. We appreciate all of the posts, and look forward to what God has in store for each of us.

We want to thank you all so very much
for all your prayers, and love, and kind concern.

(Iambic pentameter.) That is all.

S.G.

6 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Hood said...

Hey to our Juniors! Wow - Papago Park, Church on the Street, times of worship and sharing - brings back incredible memories from a few years back! I'm praying for you all - so exciting to hear what God is doing. We (Sophomore trip) are flying out this afternoon, Lord willing!! Pray that we can jump right into that mission mindset after our crazy set-back from Thursday at the airport.
With Christ as our Captain, Mr. Hood

3/08/2008 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys! im sooo sooo glad to hear that the trip is going AMAZING!!!! yay! im prayin for ya'll soo much and am soo glad to hear how God is working! i pray that after this experience things wont go back to normal, but that everyone from every class continues to seek God throughout every day life and find evidence of His love and glory through every little part of life! may we seek Him! i pray that everyone falls completely in love with Christ..a love that grows more and more throughout their life!!! please pray for all of the high schoolers back here in boca helping with the lower school..pray that we'll show the little kids what it's like to LIVE Christ and that it's fun! pray that they will seek Him and that Christ works thru our example! pray for the high schoolers not on the trips, pray that we will all seek Christ and grow thru this experience of serving and going to school when many would much prefer doing just about anything else (altho, i must say im having sooooo soooo sooo much fun reliving fifth grade! hehe, but i definitely cant speak for everyone)..pray that they will have their eyes opened to Christ and not be so hard set against Him..that they will be excited to do our devotions and seek Him! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
Jennie
(ps-im awarding myself some kind of special award for making the longest comment known to mankind!!!)

3/08/2008 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds fantastic...wish Jennie was there with you, but I know God has a purpose for her being back here.

Just visited Mrs. Carpinello in the hospital...she seems to be doing well, but please continue to keep her in your prayers also!! She said she talked to you, Katy, and that you were doing great...I know she is soooo happy you are there!

Can't wait to see some pictures!!

Blessings to you all,
Mrs. Weil

3/08/2008 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear your trip is going well! Your post reminds me of when we was there. :) I cannot wait to hear what you do next - God surely has a lot in store for you! Stay safe, and try and get some sleep! :)

Love,
Gayle

3/08/2008 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paige,

Hi honey. Hope you weren't one of the adventurous adrenaline seekers reaching for higher heights...frisbee...lower ground sounds so much safer.

We will continue to pray for everyone's safety and good health, and that God will continue to bless you all in your efforts.
Open your eyes that you may see Jesus...Open your ears that you may hear Him speaking.

We miss seeing your smile. Take care, Mom Mom

P.S. Thanks Steven for your very descriptive reports of the days activities.

3/09/2008 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys so happy you all are having fun!!! cant wait till you all come home!!!! (i miss you too katy!!)

xoxoxoxoxoxox
-hope

3/09/2008 8:12 PM  

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