Junior High Mission Trip Wednesday by Michaela Newman

This week has really been a blessing.

On the first day we arrived at Melody Lane, Mrs. Downs gave us all a quiet time packet. I’ve been feeling really stagnant in my faith lately (which is ironic, since I just spent a year leading worship with Collide Band.) I feel like I haven’t heard from God in a long time. I’ve been praying really hard about it and waiting for an answer. So here was the quiet time for day one:

“Keep walking with me along the path I have chosen for you. Your desire to live close to Me is a delight to My heart. I could instantly grant you the spiritual riches you desire, but that is not My way for you. Together we will forge a pathway up the high mountain. The journey is arduous at times, and you are weak. Someday you will dance light-footed on the high peaks; but for now, your walk is often plodding and heavy. All I require of you is to take the next step, clinging to My hand for strength and direction. Though the path is difficult and the scenery dull at the moment, there are sparkling surprises just around the bend. Stay on the path I have selected for you. It is truly the path of Life.” (Psalm 37:23-24, Psalm 16:11)

How cool is that?!

I also was very impressed with how drastically the Sunday morning worship service has changed. It now has more of a TXT3/Kinetic style. To worship the same God in two different languages never ceases to amaze me. It’s an incredible reminder that our God is not American-made. He is the same God in Mission as he is in Georgetown, and every other town between. Not even a language barrier tall as Mount Everest can change that.

Today was day 3 of our Vacation Bible School at Primera Iglesia Bautista. My group told the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the class (third and fourth graders) really liked it. They’re an awesome group of kids, and I wish I had more time with them. I wasn’t quite sure how to lead them to Christ because they’re so young, but thankfully that’s not my job- it’s Jesus’. I just have to tell His story, and I can definitely manage that.

Today was also Schlitterbahn day! The weather was wonderful, and I am so thankful for the group of eight graders that came with year. There are only four of us girls, so we’ve had some time to get to know each other this week. This is one of the greatest things for me, because I feel like I’m starting some great relationships before going into high school.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18,

Michaela

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