Mission Trip Journal – Day 2
God is Patient2
Day two of our trip was a little “more of the same” a nd a little “more different.” The “more of the same” was the group of kids who started sorting shoes for Grace Church’s Shoe Drive yesterday, only this time, the amount of shoes they had to sort quadrupled! It’s such a cool thing to see the donations for all the people in the Cape Coral area. Afterwards, some of those same kids helped to build a rocket ship for the upcoming VBS.
A couple kids got to help continue renovations of the Youth area with the installation of the final pieces of drywall, so that the carpet can go in tomorrow. What is really touching is that the students of Grace Church had written things on the concrete such as “I hope that the upstairs gets back to what it was and be even better than what it was,” in the hopes that they can see their space returned to awesomeness, and our students get to help that dream happen! We’re also a little bit jealous of what the space will eventually be. Lastly, there were a lot of little projects that needed to happen, such as assembling carts, painting the office of an incoming new pastor, and putting together a trike for a valued member of the community. If you want to know real pain, ask Albert about how that went!
For tonight’s devotion, the kids latched on to the idea that God is patient. He is patient with us as we go through our journey, just waiting for us to commit fully to Him. Not only is he patient, Izzy had the idea that God is with us through trials and tribulations, so that we may become better people for Him. Her chosen Bible verse is Isaiah 43:2 “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”
Be patient with your kids, as they are going through these trials in life right now, even if they are not telling you. Embrace them, love them, have patience, so that you can be there when the trials are through.
Grace and Peace,
Family Ministry Director.