As told by Samantha Acuna
Hello, my name is Samantha Acuna and I’m going to be a freshman at East View High school. I would like to point out how life changing this mission trip experience is not just for me, but for many students. I was working with the 3rd & 4th graders during VBS and just seeing how much they wanted to be there, learn more about God, and Jesus Christ and what they did, and how they wanted to get out into the world and serve just left me speechless. Out of all the kids I have met, there’s this young girl who I got very close to named Gabriella. When we were sitting at lunch yesterday, I had asked her how close she felt with God and the more we talked the deeper the conversation went and eventually we had shared our testimonies with each other. At some point I just had to ask her “Gabriella, would you share your testimony again?” and when she said “of course I would” it made me realize how God brought me on this mission trip to step out of my comfort zone and share my faith with others of all ages and to make a difference in these kids’ lives. Since tomorrow is our last day, I automatically know it will be hard to leave, but at least I know that we didn’t leave not doing something. This was a great week with a lot of friendly faces and I can’t wait for the next trip we take.
Prayers: We get enough energy and strength to give it our all of our last day of VBS and we have a safe trip home.
Shout outs to: Brett, and everyone who came to help serve the lord and others.
As told by Grace Inman
Hello, my name is Grace Inman. I am going to share with you what I did today. Today, I was on the paint crew. This week we have been painting a house for a family of five that has been living in a two person trailer. We worked on finishing the trim of the house and working on the fence. Today was my first day being on the paint crew and I loved it! It was an amazing experience and it really opened my eyes to how blessed I am and how many things I take for granted every day. After we finished painting and everyone else finished VBS, we went to Schlitterbahn. It was so much fun and we also went to the beach. All in all, it was such a great trip and am so thankful for everything I have learned this trip. I think one of the things that God showed me this week is not only how blessed we are, but how much of an impact we can have on one familiy’s life or one kid’s life just in a week. I encourage you all to pray for us tomorrow as some of us teach VBS, and some of us finish up painting. Also, I ask that you pray for a safe trip home and that we take the things we learned on this mission trip and apply it to our lives at home. That we continue to serve people every day whether it’s on another mission trip or just at school. Thank you all for all the support, prayers, and love you have shown us this week. We are very grateful.
I would like to give a shout out to Matti Palmer.