Friday, March 19, 2010

Mission Trip With a H.E.A.R.T.

Posted by: Benji Crane

We arrived safely, but an hour late. This was not a problem; however, it only made us all come to the realization that God is always in control and has a better plan for our lives, no matter how much we think we are in control. When we arrived, we were able to go to our cabins and get settled, and then we were called for lunch. We had a devotion time, and then were given our first assignments. My team washed the dishes and did a kitchen cleanup. After that we were given tours of the facility, and then were given our next assignment. My group went to animal husbandry, where we cleaned out the rabbits’ area and re-mulched it. We then were given free time before our next assignments were given out. My team was sent to the ropes course, where teamwork is crucial. We had to get from one tree to another on a rope (like a tightrope) with three ropes interspersed hanging above it. We also had to get everyone across a certain distance by balancing wooden boards on strategically placed cinder blocks. After dinner we competed in a team challenge. Tonight we played tug-of-war, which, I am happy to say, our team won! We then had a time of group reflection about what everyone learned from today’s experiences. Caleb Hood remarked that, “It is great to have silence, I feel closer to God.” Laura DeSouza commented that she does not need all the technology, in fact, she forgot about her TV! A good verse that came to my mind to illustrate the theme from today was 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” This verse just illustrates how God works through our weakness, and this weekend we are all stepping out of our comfort zones to serve, and I believe that God is going to use this time to speak to us.


Anonymous Ruthie Weil said...

Well, you're off on your first trip, and I couldn't be more excited for you all! You will have an amazing experience as you are open to the Spirit and willing to serve in Jesus' name!

I'm praying for you all!

Mrs. Weil

3/19/2010 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Poole said...

Thank you for the update! Did you guys keep track of all the rabbits when you were mulching, or did you have to run after any strays? I'm praying the Lord gives you the stamina you need to press on in all of your tasks, the patience to develop teamwork in your groups, and the joy of the Lord to allow you to enjoy this unforgettable time!
--Mrs. Poole

3/21/2010 2:49 PM  
Blogger Helga Sengberg said...

Thank you, Benji, for the encouraging posts.God is in control =)Yes.Thank you for including the theme verses,too.
I was blessed reading them.
The personal comments from Laura and Caleb are great experiences, I hope everyone can benefit from.
I am so proud of You, young at heart, but mature in spirit.
Praying God's protection on you all.

3/21/2010 10:03 PM  

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