Thursday, July 11, 2019

Pine Ridge Part Two

A week after we got back from Pine Ridge Bailey and Samantha drove back out to deliver a few gifts.    We fell in love with Wanblee and the people!

Picture Album from Pine Ridge

Here's the link to the pictures we took from Pine Ridge...... and all the pictures we took for the youth when they asked because they didn't have their phones. haha! :)

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Last Ride

We, the seniors, are writing this post as we are riding home together in van, one last time. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to our faith journeys, including everyone on the trip, as well as everyone supporting us at home. We had an amazing and fulfilling week at Pine Ridge, and the memories and connections we made this past week will stay with us forever. The piece of advice we want to emphasize to the younger kids on the trip and in the congregation is to make it a priority in your lives to stay involved in church through youth group and the trips every year. Thank you again to everyone, and God bless.
-Brooklyn, Allie, Simon, Bryce, Trevor, Trey, Makenzie, Samantha, Kaia, Olivia

The Final Gathering

Pulling up to the parking lot, late Sunday afternoon, we never thought the week would go by so fast.  In the blink of an eye, we were at our final gathering last night. What an amazing way to end such an amazing week! Seriously.  Through the various posts we’ve written throughout the week, you’ve heard about the eye-opening and life-changing experiences we had with the Natives.  We spent four days building relationships with them, humbly serving them, and just loving them as Jesus would do.

Last night at the gathering, we were able to come together with these shared experiences and connect in the most heart-stirring way.  We worshipped together, prayed together, and acted as Jesus did, with a Foot Washing.  What an incredibly moving, humble moment. The connections that were made on this trip between FLY was very evident as you looked at our group taking in Jesus’ purpose for the washing of the feet.

“Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it- and live a blessed life.” John 13:12-17.

What a overwhelmingly moving way to feel that connection with Jesus.  He calls us to humbly serve others, to love them, and to share his story through our actions.  We prayed, hugged, and cried together as a group, which was built on an incredibly strong foundation and connection.

We ended our gathering with the 10 seniors sharing their thoughts and advice for us all.  What an incredible group of young adults.  These faith-filled kids led by example throughout the week, and watching their leadership develop as they grew in their faith was so inspiring.  What more can we say other than the fact that they make us so proud! It’s going to be hard to watch them go their separate ways, but one thing that we learned this week is that God has a storyline for us, a plan and purpose where he’ll be with us every step of the way.  You can’t help but think of this incredible group of seniors when you hear this.  It’s been awesome to see God working through them this week, and comforting knowing that that will continue on as they branch out and live God’s purpose for them.

This whole week has been about our storylines; how God is moving through us and carving out our plan. Part of our story is to share His story.  We are called to serve.  What would Jesus do?  He would love first.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kids club

I had the pleasure to work with some special needs girls on all four days of this trip. One who I had everyday was named Lisa, she was a 21 year old girl who has the mental state of a four year old. Another who I had twice was named Charlene she is 20 and a mental state of 6. The last one was Margrita who is around young adult. It was really fun to get to know all the three girls. Lisa and I became very close through this week, we played tag, hide and seek, and catch, which was Lisa’s favorite. We got to go in the vans and pick of the kids which was really sad to see, and see their living conditions and how they were treated at home. But that didn’t effect these girls, they all had such an amazing personality and all so bubbly and fun. One of the sweetest moments was from Thursday when Lisa asked for me and told me she missed me. We also took Lisa swimming on pool day, she had so much fun and you could tell she hadn’t had fun like this in awhile. Overall it was really heart warming experience and would 100% do it again.