Monday, March 30, 2009

Lifting Each Other Up

Posted by: Ryan M. and Ashlie J. (first half) and Carrie K. and Casey K. (second half)

Last night we went to Warner University for the youth service called Infusion. Before the service they had some yummy candies, hot chocolate, and coffee set out for everyone. We were able to meet some of the college students there and talk with them. They started off the night with a few songs of worship. The topic for the night was homosexuality led by Pastor Bob. The church staff were a little nervous about sharing this message with us high schoolers so they offered us to go elsewhere. But the teachers got together and decided to stay because they had faith that we would handle the subject matter with maturity, which we did.

After the service, we went back to the H.E.A.R.T. campus and went straight into group reflection time. This night was probably one of the most emotional nights. We also saw the Holy Spirit work tremendously. The night started off a little slow. Mr. Harper was asking us questions to start off and get into the discussion. It turned out great -- pretty much everyone participated and really shared what was on their hearts. God really worked in a mighty way that brought our class together in ways we never thought would happen. People really emphasized how much we all bonded with each other throughout the weekend.

After everyone had basically finished talking, which was an hour later than scheduled, we all prayed. Then a group of people stayed in the room with Mr. Harper and talked about how we can bring this back to school and not be intimidated by thhe upperclassmen but stand for what we believe. We all stayed in there until like 1:30 and just had a great time.

After all of this we tried to get some sleep before the early morning but some were prevented from doing this due to goat noises made by Matt, Alex, and Ryan across the campground.

Today was the culmination of our trip. We had to conquer the wall! There were mixed emotions about the wall. Some were excited, some were nervous, and some were apathetic at first. We put a lot of thought into how we were going to conquer the wall as a class. We've come to realize that it really took good strategy, trust, strength, and perseverance. There was no negativity whatsoever, and everyone was encouraging and lifting each other up (No pun intended) :-) Eventually, everyone that attempted to go over the wall went over, and everyone was happy for each other. It was really a great experience that taught us many lesons, and we had such a great time doing it! See you all tonight!!

--The Freshmen
P.S. from Mrs. Poole - THANK YOU for your prayers!!!! God has answered them!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Freshmen! I am overjoyed to read that God is working mightily in and through you. My heart has been burdened for many of you (you know who you are) and I pray that you will keep your hearts open to His calling! I look forward to hearing from you individually as you proclaim the mighty work He has done in and through you. God Bless, Mrs. Stapleton

3/30/2009 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Weil said...

I can't wait to hear from you about this trip! Wow! God is so good! I am so thankful for how He has worked in and among you!

Thanks for the great pictures and honest sharing in the blogs...I've loved reading them!

3/30/2009 5:33 PM  
Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

HALLELUJAH! God is so Good!

3/30/2009 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you guys had a great trip! The Holy Spirit does amazing things and we're glad you experienced them first hand. Great job on the wall! Mr. Harrison

3/30/2009 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Pix! Can't wait to see all of your cheery faces tomorrow! You have been lifted in prayer and God has done great things in your lives. I pray that this trip was life changing! Stop by and tell me all about what God did in your life!
-Mrs. Riter

3/30/2009 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, I want to hear all about the wall! Who was first? Who was last? Who was scared? Who wasn't? It does pay to work as a team, can't wait to see this attitude back at school. What a difference it will make. You guys are living lessons from the Bible. I thought of Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." And Hebrews 12:1, "..let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perserverance the race marked out for us." The key word... perserverance. Isn't it great how the Holy Spirit works on mission trips? Can't wait to hear all the details! Lol, Mrs. Harrison

3/31/2009 8:04 AM  

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