So if you have been around here for awhile you know how much I love these week long trips with the students. Working all day and staying up late. And maybe a little caffeine outing or two for us leaders (I mean, we are staying within 2 miles of JPs Coffee).
We kick the week off tomorrow by heading out to Tunnel Park after our commissioning at EGM where we will grill out & enjoy time together as a team. From there, we move into a local church for the week and get to spend Monday-Thursday from 8-5 rotating through 3 local ministries. 2 kids clubs and 1 MAJOR exterior painting project. Laura and I have TONS of surprises up our sleeves for the students to reward them for their hard work and I am so overwhelmed by how God lined all of this up for us. Just a week ago our housing fell through and with it our transportation our food. We now have a bus and ALL of our food coordinated by our own leader Kelsey *who just happens to have the gift of hospitality. Wow.
I think the biggest thing that I am excited about with this trip is that we are staying local. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Bilouxi and Jacksonville too but I think there will be something really meaningful and lasting about seeing needs in our own corner of the world. I love Laura's heartbeat for to students to have the chance to live out and experience Acts 1:8 through their four years.
"you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,and in all Judea, and Samaria & to the ends of the Earth."
picture taken on the shores of Caeserea, Israel with my feet pointing west. Amidst marble scrap from columns delivered from Rome and remembering what it means to take what you know out to the corners of the world.