Sorry about the delay – I meant to post this last night and got caught up in everything else. Better late than never, though, so here we go with the final installment for this trip:
Part 1 – from Colin Huntley:
So it’s the last day of the FBCGT West, Texas mission trip. It has been an incredible week, and there’s nothing I would have rather spent my week doing. I’ve gotten toned abs from the shoveling, and freckled skin from the sun. That, however, is not the main reason this trip was such a success! The real reason that this trip has been so great is what God has done certainly in my life, and seems to have done in the lives of the other kids in the youth group. Although we didn’t meet many homeowners this week, due to the fact that they were all out and staying in motels because of their houses being destroyed, God was still able to show us a lot. For me, God revealed something enormous this week about service. He showed me that service isn’t about helping others to make ourselves feel good. Constantly I would think to myself “I have to finish this job. I’ll feel good about myself when I’m with it all cause I made somebody happy.” It hit me this week that that is not the purpose of service. The purpose is rather that we serve God’s children to honor God and because it is right! “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
We are called to be excellent because it glorifies God when his children are excellent at what they do. We aren’t called to be excellent so we are rewarded at a higher degree. God did a lot in my life this week, and seemed to do a lot in the lives of my friends, both old and new. I’m incredibly excited to get back to Georgetown and share what I’ve learned this week!
– Colin Huntley
Part 2 – from Lacie Jones
This entire week has been such a blessing to me and has really opened my eyes to how God works within me and our youth group. The day where I saw God working the most in me was yesterday. I was getting kind of frustrated because we had not work to do and we were just sort of sitting around waiting for a ride to dinner and we decided to go prayer walking and I didn’t really have a partner at first. Then Hailey asked if I wanted to be her partner and we started walking around and we would stop in front of houses and just start praying for the people inside. Their well-being, for the house to be okay, for God to work in their hearts and move them to do amazing things. Then we came upon a house that had a basketball goal in the driveway and we both looked at each other and said “I bet they have kids living here.” So I immediately started praying for the kids that possibly lived there. Prying that they would be each other’s keepers and take care of each other and just be Gods warriors next year in their schools when they get moved into a new district because the schools in West were destroyed and some have been scheduled to be demolished. While I was praying I felt such a connection with God and it was so cool to put ALL my faith and ALL of my confidence in God that even though I didn’t know who I was praying for and I couldn’t see them, God knew exactly who I was talking about and will watch after them. Short after that me and Hailey were talking about how much we LOVE the power of prayer. We both felt such a connection with God and with each other while we were praying and we got to talking about how awesome God is and all the prayers he had answered for us. We also talked about time where we didn’t even know how to pray for a person hurting and it felt like God was just moving and speaking through our bodies. It was such an incredible feeling not only sharing what God has done in our lives but the feeling that someone knows how I like to worship and we connect together through that. It was completely God’s will that me and Hailey were put together to pray. The last thing I learned was my Love language. I kind of knew my spiritual gift from God which would be serving but I wasn’t quite sure what my love language was. God confirmed in me that it is word of affirmation which basically means I feel most loved when people are giving me compliments and using encouraging and uplifting words. Over all this week God moved through all of us and this community and I loved every minute of serving God and serving his people.
“We love because GOD loved us first” 1John 4:19