Greetings from the global outreach team! We’ve been having an amazing time in Slovakia and it’s been so cool and such a blessing to be a part of God’s work here. This is actually my first missions trip and as I look back at our first week and process everything that has happened I’m blown away with who God is. Here’s what I mean by that:
1) God is…strength
This was a big one for me. I knew that we would be tired, jet lagged, and physically depleted at times. But on day 2 of camp I injured my hamstring thinking I could outrun a 14yr old, I know dumb. 🙂 Injuries are kinda my achilles heel. As an athlete when you take away me being active I tend to shut down and give up. Not really an option when you’re here for the kids and need to just pick yourself up and keep going. Thanks to my great team and lots of prayers I felt God’s strength each day and my leg continues to get stronger. Leaning on the Lord’s strength and not my own was humbling and so rewarding. I even climbed a mountain with all the campers, how cool is that! God’s gift of strength to me!
2) God is…wisdom
Building relationships with kids that don’t speak English as their first language is difficult. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but when put in the situation, I was a little panicked how I would be able to reach out to these kids. The kids were very shy at first but as we trusted God to help us and give us wisdom on how to connect, the bonds began to form. Some kids opened up and shared a lot about what’s going on in their lives. God also gave us wisdom as we needed to be flexible with our time and the schedule to see how best to coordinate all the activities we had planned. Things always worked out and camp I would say was a big success! God is good!
3) God is…love
I know we all know this but to see it lived out on a daily basis on the mission field blew me away. These kids are so special and the way they opened their hearts to us and formed relationships; I know these friendships will not end when we get back on a plane to go home. Getting to be a small piece of showing them God’s love, I’m not quite sure how to explain it, it leaves me speechless. God’s love isn’t limited to one country or one people, it is for all mankind and it’s a beautiful thing. I also want to give a shout out to the rest of our Serving Slovakia team. This year was different from others in how we were separated by time. I don’t know any different since this is my first time. But what I do know is how much I felt loved for, prayed for, and cared for by these people. Seeing them at church, the prayers, and also the special gifts they brought to camp to keep us going 😉 were just some of the ways they helped us. You guys blessed us so much and I am so grateful to you all. Thank you for making us feel included and loved; you imitated God’s love to us!
Ok I’ll stop rambling. But for now I hold on to these truths about who God is and as we start week two of serving, I know He will continue to teach us, grow us, and use us. Thanks for praying!
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”