Blessed To Be A Blessing
We had a fantastic day! We had so many great tender and funny moments today. We debriefed twice, knowing there would be just too much to try to share. Many times today someone would exclaim, “You came all the way here to be with us?” Yes. We did! And WE are better because of it, because of the people God allowed us to spend time with and serve a long side.
We had a great time helping the Meals on Wheels get their Christmas presents wrapped. It was very eye opening for the students to wrap the small presents knowing that was going to be the only present for many people. One of the students shared in the debrief tonight. (paraphrased) … “It really got me when we were putting the tags on the presents. They just said male or female. No personal name. The gifts weren’t purchased specifically for someone they were gifts for anyone just so they could have a name. We get gifts, with our name on them. Things we ask for. That made me sad.”
The M O W team made us lunch which was delicious and then we headed on over to Granite Mesa. They were already eating lunch and we quickly lined up and sang 8 Christmas Carols. The kids did great and it was so sweet to see their faces light up and sing along. We took a break and we and got yogurt and then game back for games and crafts. When we returned they had already started BINGO. Michelle (the activity director) handed the BINGO calling over to Ben. And we laughed tonight, Ben said, “I thought it was pretty funny, that randomly Michelle asked the loudest person on our team to be the BINGO caller.” He did a great job and everyone has great stories. You’ll have to ask your student about One 20 (instead of I 20) soooo funny! I wish I could have recorded the whole day for you to see your students sing, smile, show kindness and serve the workers and the residents.
We ended our time at the Nursing Home making a small wreath for them to put on their doors. They loved them. You could tell, many of the ladies and gentlemen didn’t want our kids to leave. Michelle kept telling me, “Please come back. Your kids are so great!” Yes. Yes, they are!
After dinner we headed to the Trail of Lights but it wasn’t open tonight. I love to prayer walk the trail. For some students that is a first time prayer walking experience. However, even though it had stopped raining, it was still too wet. We headed to Starbucks. A man in line behind us complimented how polite and orderly our kids were. (22 of us in line in a small Starbucks) The baristas complemented our kids. THAT. IS. A. BIG. DEAL! Before we went, the kids talked about how Starbucks feels about Christians and then maybe we should give obvious names from the Bible, or names of Christmas Songs, etc. So then we had a GREAT conversation. We talked about how, by your actions, you can solidify the negative ideas that someone thinks about Christianity or how can you change someone’s opinion about you/Christianity just by the way you behave and speak to them. It was a great lesson and it played out amazingly well.
During our devotional times or debriefing times we talk about how Impact trips are more than finding a place to serve. It is about building character in each one of us. It is about seeing leadership qualities in students and coming along side of them and encouraging them. It is about the students themselves seeing each other in a different light and becoming a more unified class, appreciating who their fellow classmates are, individually. It is about looking at God’s word together and seeing it as truth, important to me now and allowing it to challenge and change each one of us.
Tomorrow is our Christmas Conspiracy Project! Each team will have $50 – $60 given to them. Then they have the opportunity to bless someone or some group using that money. The teams have been praying and asking God to give them something new and different to do. They are PUMPED!
Your students are amazing. They are funny, talented, caring, kind, hardworking and compassionate!
After our projects in the morning, we will meet for lunch and share our experiences. We will then head back to the campus.
I anticipate we will be at the campus between 3:00p and 3:30.
Thank you again for allowing your student to join us! We will see you tomorrow.
Blessed to be a blessing!