Impact Trips!

When a group of young people – show up – encounter – impact –

Blessed to be a blessing … 96.0

Last night in Hugo

This class has been amazing this week. I am truly sad this is the last night.

Our morning devos before we headed out – Galatians 5:13-25

We are called to be free, but not to use that freedom to indulge in sinful nature, but rather to serve one another, to love our neighbor as our self … we do this through displaying the fruit of the spirit. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control.  As we come to day 4, we’re tired, patience can run a little thin and now is the time to push through and extend to one another grace that is empowered by the fruit of the spirit!  This means… we need to conquer the flesh!

I think this group of young people did a really good job of that!

Our Work Day

The kitchen crew FINALLY got the cabinets finished … after 7+ coats … 3 of them Kilz!  NO JOKE!  They worked so hard and never gave up! We were so impressed with all their hard work!

The table painting crew, which actually started out with everyone, did a wonderful job making all the fairly old handmade wooden tables look brand new. The students loved seeing the final table project finished, knowing they made a real difference for the camp with all their hard work.

The brush/log clean-up crew – really ‘cleaned up’!  All the brush clean-up helped make the view around the cabins and through the trees down to the river … beautiful!

Everyone came together as a team and a few of the students even commented on how they really enjoyed getting to know each other better, become a stronger team.  They all agreed that they really enjoyed working together as a team. Having MANY strong leaders in this group, it was good to see them all work together, helping each other, preferring one other.

Many students commented on the fact that they enjoyed the car rides, interacting with the leaders, serving together, helping Jim get much more done than he ever imagined would happen.

Jim and Johnny

It was really special getting to be a blessing to Jim and Melissa Ogden. The stories that Jim told, the history of Beaver’s Bend, and his passion to work hard and his appreciation of all our kids made them work even harder made us all want to get as much done for him and Melissa as possible. They are precious camp managers that love the Lord and love serving others.  Melissa baked us homemade cookies and brownies for us to take with us on the ride home. 3 LARGE gallon bags of cookies and brownies.  We didn’t want for the ride home … we tested them after dinner!  Delish!

Johnny Moffit who is over Little Dixie in this region of Oklahoma was so impressed with our kids. He led us to the camp and help serve  our lunch every day.  He served us as we served Little Dixie.  Johnny had seen Summit work a few years ago when our 10th graders cleared the path for the Handicap trail here in the park.  This class was no different … they delivered BIG in everything they did.

Before we left Beaver’s Bend, we circled up and prayed for the camp, for Jim and Melissa and Johhny and his family.  Jim then prayed for us!  It was a sweet time of blessing.

Thoughts from the leaders during debrief

  • Loved seeing a lot of incarnation leadership – Sonny – every single time – Mrs g asks someone to pray –  sonny and Dylan immediately  jump in
  • Each one of you has matured more in the year – painting last year compared to this year – able to let you work and not stand over you – you just got up and started unloading you are thinking things through and making responsible decisions
  • I loved getting to see your character shine and grow, I love the energy and the passion that you have displayed in everything you’ve done
  • I am so proud of all of you. You stepped up to the plate and did not disappoint.

o   There was so much more … but there isn’t enough time nor space in this blog to write all our thoughts about what a blessing this week has been for each of us serving along side each other and with these studnets

 

Fun Stuff

After we finished our work day and returned to Hugo, we had the time to make two ‘fun points of interest stops.

  1. Doaksville Choctaw Nation Capital ruins – A few of the students were really surprised by going to the Indian ruins of Doaksville (today at the end of our workday) – and really enjoying it. You have to go through a cemetery and take the concrete steps over the rock wall into the forest to the abandoned Choctaw capital in from the 1800’s.  There were ruins of the jail, 3 wells, a hotel, house, kitchen, and a tavern.
  2. Mt Olivet Cemetery – I always take the team to the Mt. Olivet cemetery in Hugo and it is an interesting stop. There is a section for people that were involved in the circus industry. Sooooo interesting.  Elephant statues, showman’s best, elephant trainers, trapeze artist, etc.    Lane Frost (from the movie 8 Seconds) is buried there, Freckles the famous bull rider, the original Marlboro Man has his headstone there, however, he is still living in Hugo, OK and works at one of the Casino’s… and, by the way,  He was never a smoker!
  3. After dinner and debrief – we played 2 games – screaming toes and that’s nonsense (or something like that) A LOT of laughter and talent. Oh my goodness!

Dinner

El Pueblito Restaurant in Hugo – Really good!

My Leaders

It has been an amazing time with this class.  I want to give a shout out to Jake Shackleford, Dana Jacobson and Tony Woods.  They have been amazing leaders with the kids and hard workers. They really helped make this trip a success!  Your students have been in good hands as they encouraged and empowered these students to do their very best … glorifying God by serving his servants!

 

Coming Home

See you tomorrow afternoon.  Our plan is to leave the park between 8 – 8:30am.  We will stay in touch with the front office.  When we are about 30 minutes out, we will be letting the students text and hopefully maybe get an Iris alert to you to let you know when we believe we’ll be pulling in to the campus.   We’ll be making a lunch stop and ‘pit stops’.  Usually 6 hours but that depends on the stops needed.

 

Thank you for allowing your students to come on this trip.  They are a blessing and it is an honor to serve alongside them!

 

~ Be blessed and highly flavored … You are the salt of the earth! ~

Mrs g

the title – a student asked me how many of these kinds of trips I’d been on … we figured it up …  for sure  96

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True Joy! Absolute Trust! 1 Relationship

We had another successful day at Beaver Bend Park. These kids are amazing hard workers. They just don’t stop!  We had to end our work day a little earlier so we could get back to the cabins and get ready for tonight’s ministry time at New Life Church Boswell, Oklahoma.

This class has been working on the theme, scripture, songs, skit, and testimonies for the past 2 months.  As leaders, we were so proud of them tonight.  At the end of each ministry time, elementary and secondary, our students prayed for all the kids, listening to their concerns and prayer requests.

Elementary theme was JOY – Romans 15:13   May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

Secondary theme was Trust – Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

The church always feeds these children every Wednesday night, knowing that for most of those that come, it will be the only hot meal in the evening most of them will get for the week.

It was a jammed packed hour of fun, laughter, listening and blessing.  I know we blessed the church and the kids that came, but truly, we were the ones that were most blessed. Being given the honor to get to know these kids and listen to them and pray with them, is amazing.

After all the children left, we circled up with Rikki the children’s director and all her volunteers and prayed for them and their ministry. Please join us in praying that God provides every resource they need as they continue to love on and introduce these children to Jesus the one that can truly save them and give them the gift of eternal life.

Coming back to camp we stopped off at Braum’s for ice cream and Jr Burgers. (We were served pizza for dinner but most were still a little hungry)

Getting back to the cabins, it was a little late, however after such an amazing day and night, we needed to debrief.

The kids really are enjoying working hard and being a blessing to Jim and Melissa.  Seeing the results of your hard work is encouraging and makes you feel good about your work but also really feel good about being a blessing to the Ogden’s.  Also they are enjoying the incredible scenery and the history of the area that Jim tells the kids.

Many of our students stepped out of their comfort zones tonight and in the end it really did impact them personally. Some of our students spoke of how they were really glad they did stuff they’re not comfortable doing, and seeing the results of stepping out and speaking or taking the initiative with the kids from Boswell, it really made them realize they could do it … and they’re really grateful.

They would have really missed a special time if they hadn’t done it. I am thanking God they chose to step up and step out.

Some of the children had very sad prayer requests. This too is very eye opening and heart breaking. Our students took to heart the requests and tonight as we closed our evening debrief, the prayer time was very sweet and I believe very Holy Spirit empowered.

Please pray

  • We get a good night’s sleep
  • Safe travels
  • Everyone continues to stay well
  • We get all the work done
  • (The Kilz works on the old cabinets)
  • God touches the lives of the children and makes himself known to them – they will allow Him to truly be the Lord of their lives and their best friend

Pray the little ones find true, unexplainable JOY in their relationship with Christ

Pray the secondary students learn to trust in the Lord with ALL their heart

  • This class continues to grow together and become more unified – they are an amazing group of young men and women

True Joy and Absolute Trust –  they both can be found in one relationship … I pray that each of these students will press in and strive to make their relationship with Christ an authentic one that will bring … true joy when they absolutely trust in the one that loved them so much he gave his life for them.

 

Blessed to be a blessing

 

Mrs. g

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A Great Day of Serving!

Our students are amazing!  As soon as we got to the Camp at Beaver Bend the kids went right to work.

Within 1.5 hours the Camp Managers Jim and Melissa realized this was a hard working group of young people that had showed up to work and to be a blessing. Jim told me, “They’re ahead of me. I didn’t think we’d get all this done today.”  We painted, picked up tree limbs from the recent storms, repaired table legs and hauled BIG tree pieces, painted some more.

Sitting with Melissa (Jim’s wife) during lunch we got to hear a little bit of their journey to become Campground Managers and we also had the privilege of hearing her share her heart for our First Nation’s People and their Christmas Outreach to them.

We returned back to the campground and were surprised by the wind blowing across the lake – it looked and sounded like we were at the seashore! Supposed to be a low of 35° tonight!    : – O

We rehearsed for tomorrow night’s ministry time in Boswell and had a quick debrief. Everyone was tired and ready to head to their cabins. The kids spent time in prayer tonight and listening to them pray was incredible

Prayer for tonight and tomorrow:

  1. Great sleep tonight
  2. Safe travels to Beaver Bend tomorrow
  3. We get a lot accomplished tomorrow at the 2nd Camp Ground
  4. God brings the children to the church tomorrow night. Please pray that they will take courage in their relationship with Christ and trust Him to give them the words of encouragement and speak through them as they are there to bless the young people of Boswell
  5. Pray for Jim and Melissa as they are into their 2nd year of managing the camp. There is a lot of work that needs to be done. Pray that organizations that use that campground will come and serve to help to get all the things done that are on Jim and Melissa’s Do To list!

Philippians 2:1-30

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …

 

We are having a blast serving together

(Ice cream and cold weather go together … right?)

mrs. g

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This will be worth it!

Monday

We got to our destination in record time, even stopping in Paris (Texas) for a couple of pics by the Eiffel Tower!  There really is a replica of the tower right near the town convention center that has really nice restrooms.  Today we got a real treat with our stop. A gentleman jumped off his tractor and asked if we’d like a quick tour of the Veteran’s Memorial that is beside the tower.  “How long would it take?”  “Five minutes!”  We take him up on it, because he look excited to share about all the news things they are doing to honor veterans.  They really have added more things since we last stopped there and he/Travis was so proud. Being flexible can really be a catalyst to being blessed!  I have to be honest, I didn’t really want to take the time, I was trying to get to Hugo Lake State Park in time to check in and get our keys, get to the grocery store, etc. etc.  But a tug at my heart and the excitement on Travis’ face spoke to me, “this will be worth it” .  It was. Sometimes, it is just the little things isn’t it, a smile, a word of encouragement, a helping hand … five minutes! Travis stayed true to his word and we got the quickest tour EVER and I must say I was wishing he would slow down, it really is an incredible memorial park. Small, yes, but large in the honoring department.

We said our goodbyes and asked how we could pray.  Pray for all veterans and for his two sons who are in California and train others preparing them to serve our nation.

We got to the State Park in time and moved into our cabins, had dinner, then we practiced our program for Wednesday night in Boswell.

We ended the evening looking at Proverbs 3:5-6 tonight and Romans 8:28 …  In what areas in my life is it easy for me to trust God?   Where do I struggle to trust Him?  Even though God’s word tells us that in ALL things  God  works for the good of those who love him …  we know it’s not about giving a fake answer that things are great when really they are not, they are very hard.  It’s another way we learn to trust God … in the hard things … in all things!

We go to our work project in the morning. Continue to pray for our safety as we travel back and forth to our work project and as we work and serve!

Pray that we will all be aware of the moments God places in front of us these next 5 days that everything we say and do will be to glorify and honor God so that every moment God sets up for us … we will know in our hearts …    “This will be worth it”

Mrs. G

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Do They Understand? Make Sure They Understand!

Today really brought home the ultimate picture of service and sacrifice … the laying down of one’s life!

We started the morning heading to Arlington Cemetery

  • The Wreath Laying Ceremony
  • The Changing of the Guards
  • Audie Murphy tombstone – http://www.audiemurphy.com/
  • Memorial for U.S.S. Maine
  • Memorial for Space Shuttle Challenger
  • Memorial for Space Shuttle Columbia
  • Memorial for military lives lost attempting to free hostages in Iran

It was a cold windy morning. But the ceremonies are beautiful, sobering and most of all … impactful.                  2+ miles

After a brief late lunch at the Pentagon City Mall we took an hour break at the hotel and then headed back out for the Memorials on the Mall.

  • WWI
  • WWII
  • Vietnam
  • Memorial – Nurses Memorial for Vietnam
  • Memorial – The Soldiers Overlooking the Vietnam Wall
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial

Just for reference – it is 1.6 miles from the Smithsonian Metro to the Lincoln Memorial – add in the stops at the other memorials, then head back to the Metro to head to the hotel … 3.5+ miles

One of my students was going to ride with me over to the Vietnam Memorial which was a special thing for her to be able to do because of her grandfather’s participation in the Vietnam War.  We didn’t think it wise for her to walk in the cold wind so we met the team there.  It was a very special moment for her and I rode back with her and handed her off to Mrs. Castello. As I rode back to meet the team at the Korean Memorial, the taxi driver asked me what we were doing in D.C.  I got to share briefly with him that we came to D.C. to pray for our Nation and get a bigger picture of service and sacrifice. He thought that was amazing. I told him God’s word tells us to pray for those in authority over us so we can live in peace. I shared that we pray that those in every capacity that have the ability to made decisions to sway those that make decisions would listen to Godly counsel and would vote for what was truly good and right and just instead of voting so they will be reelected.  “That is wonderful! Yes, that is what we need here!”  (I believe he was from Cameroon)  As he stopped his car, he stopped the ticket running for my fare then said to me, “This is very important what you are doing. Do these students understand how fortunate they are to be living here? Do they know that in most countries no one would have the right to have a protest just down the street from the leader of the country? They could not be able to challenge him or say horrible things about him. They certainly would not be able to walk away without any fear of being punished. there are very few countries where people could do that. They cannot even write bad things or how they disagree with what the leader is doing. Do they understand? Make sure they understand! Make sure they know that people have died so they have the freedom to do that. That is very important”

 

I told him I believe they understand in part, but I am praying this trip helps them appreciate even more and not take for granted the freedoms they have. To use those freedoms wisely.

I asked him what we could pray for him for.  “For people to want to get along. For people to want peace. For people to be blessed with what their hearts long for”

 

We can do that.

 

It was late when we got back and some of the team ordered Pizza and some got McDonald’s down the street. Everyone is packing up for tomorrow.  We start are morning early, debrief today, then prayer walk Embassy Rows followed by heading to the airport.

 

It has been an amazing trip.  I am glad we all have Tuesday off – The students don’t have to be back to school until Wednesday. We are tired. But we have been blessed with an amazing trip.  A few came on the trip struggling with allergies, etc. and the cold and the allergens up here haven’t helped. But they all have been troopers.

 

Then, this next weekend we celebrate the greatest gift given to all of us!  The gift of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ … dying on the cross, conquering death – rising again on the 3rd day and offering to each of us who will believe in him and receive him as our Lord and Savior … the gift of Eternal Life.  That beautiful gift that we cannot earn.    ~ The Gospels

 

Have I told you lately … I love your kid!  (So does Mrs. Castello btw) (Insert heart here)

 

Mrs. G  and Mrs Castello

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Praying on sight – With insight

Saturday in D.C.

We had a late start this morning, which was really nice for all of us.  We gave time for most of the crowds get to their rally area before we headed in to the Smithsonian’s.

We all started at the American History Museum and stayed there for a couple of hours then we divided up into 3 teams and spent the next 2.5 hours at the Air and Space, Natural History and African American History Museums.

Everyone really enjoyed not having to rush too much. We ended the evening at the Cheesecake Factory!

Tomorrow we are going to start our morning off with a Sunday devotional and then head to Embassy Row to prayer walk. Next we will come back and debrief the Smithsonian visits and the prayer walking.

In the afternoon we are heading to the War memorials. Monday morning we will visit Arlington Cemetery!   At least, that’s the plan for now!

 

Prayer Walking – What is it?  

This is a tool I learned years ago on a prayer training trip to Argentina. It changed my prayer life and has been a tool I try to impart to our students to use in their life. We used a book by El Silvoso  and Prayer-Walking by Steve Hawthorne  Graham Kendrick

How does it help?   4 ways

Thaws the ice – most people don’t know what to do, and pray walking provides a quiet way to help people. You just may be the answer to someone’s prayer. Continuous prayer can warm the spiritual atmosphere. Hearts are opened by prayer and that leads the doors opening for God to touch their lives

Overcome fear – we are all concerned about our cities, states and our nation, yet we don’t know where to start. Prayer walking provides a way for us to connect with those people and issues we are passionate about

Content with Evil – Eph 6 – prayer is a mighty tool we are given to help fight the fight against our adversary, Satan. Our prayers agree with the heart of God for his people and his world. We battle against spiritual darkness when we pray for others.

Progress in Prayer – I think we would all desire to pray more. Prayer is hard work, but if we push through, it can become a natural part of our lives. You will find yourself praying for people going down the hall, the sidewalk, the person sitting in the car next to you at the light.

 

Already I have had a few students tell me that they find themselves praying for people that they wouldn’t have done before learning how to incorporate this kind of prayer into their lives.

Walking While Praying:

  • Directed, prayer – praying for others
  • Intentional prayer – expecting the prayers to be answered
  • Responsive prayer – we observe our surroundings and sometimes this allows us to naturally see something we can add to the prayer time
  • Research for prayer – we may do research ahead of time (the students have been researching different countries they have been assigned, giving them specifics to pray for the people of that nation)
  • Revealed insight – praying scriptures while we walk can then open our hearts for the Holy Spirit to prompt us with other prayer points for that person, event, country, etc.
  • Prayer walking is spiritual battle. Let’s face it, praying can be very difficult. We might feel inadequate. Prayer requires patience. We want to see immediate results from our efforts but we must not give up.
  • Prayer walking is literally just that. Walking a specific trail, path area you feel led to pray over, and pray while you walk

 

Prayer walking requires preparation.

  1. Our hearts need to be prepared
  2. Our minds need to be focused
  3. We need to seek God – listen for promptings from the Holy Spirit
  4. Do it – open our mouths and pray
  5. Pray with others – agree in prayer for God’s heart for a people, event, nation
  6. Pray with scripture – spend time looking for scripture that fit’s the situation
  7. Pray with sensitivity – about the people and places you are focusing on
  8. Report – come back together and share and pray and learn from each other.

 

Ways to prayer walk

Alone                               Groups

Family                              Places of work

Parks                                Schools

Churches                          Sites of tragedy

Government places

 

If you have never tried prayer walking, I hope you will give it a try. If you are already familiar with it, I encourage you to join with us and prayer walk a place where you feel led to spend time in prayer.

 

Embassy Row is on Massachusetts Avenue,  New Hampshire Avenue and International Blvd

Embassies are side by side. The students are divided into 4 teams that will just walk up the sidewalks and pray for those countries. They will be praying specific prayer points that they have researched these past months. We will not be stopping and making a spectacle, in fact we should just look like a small group of students and their leader taking a walk. But we will be partnering with the heart of God for his people all over the world, to have the freedom to worship, to live in peace, for education, for human trafficking to be stopped, etc. etc.

 

Till tomorrow night!

Mrs. G

 

 

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#knowthetruth #livethetruth #sharethetruth #bethetruth

 

Today we learned some new ‘truths’ about our nation’s capital building. Our 2 tour guides, Michelle and Blaine from Congressman Carter’s office were wonderful.  We got the best tour we’ve ever had for this eleventh grade trip.  We had the privilege of going down halls and up stairs that the normal visitor’s center tour guides can’t take you on.  Blaine is a fact finder and loves to share the story behind the facts. We learned stories of intrigue, jealousy, secrets and murder on the marble steps. It was also really cool when he realized we were from a Christian School so when he shared the information on 4 of the large paintings in the Rotunda, he said, “People want to say this nation wasn’t founded on Christian principles but these pictures tell us a different story.” He went on to describe what it was in each picture that showed Christianity was all wrapped up in forming this nation from the very beginning.

After lunch we headed to the Holocaust museum.

The students really took their time and read, watched and listened to the tragic testimonies of the atrocities Hitler successfully carried out against the Jewish nation, the handicapped and anyone that didn’t fit in his ‘perfect race’.

It is a very sobering thing to be a witness 79 years later and wonder how Hitler could have gotten away with annihilating so many millions of people.

Just some of the statements made during debrief:

  • it’s mind blowing how powerful the devil can be – people can go so far when Jesus isn’t in their life –  my own life – if I stop doing things that are bringing me closer to God  – if I would turn away from the Lord –   how could people think they are doing something okay – mind boggling
  • It is sad that so many people died because one mad man hated them all – how could so many of the Germans not have a conscious
  • I loved the story about the Danish fishermen and how they helped the Jewish community escape and survive the brutality of the Nazi’s.

Some of the students are getting braver about prayer and asking people if we can pray for them. Or, they are being led to silently pray for people in the metro or as we are riding down the escalator. Today we asked our guides, and a woman on the metro what we could specifically pray for them when we debriefed tonight. The lady on the metro was taken back. She was so blessed. Each one of them gave us things to pray.  I will tell you, if our students will daily meditate on His word, continue to learn to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, develop a lifestyle of prayer using this magnificent tool God has given us to communicate and worship him with, they will be:

  • young adults that will trust in God not their own wisdom (Prov. 3:5-6)
  • the answer to someone’s prayer
  • a believer that walks in the full armor of God, confident in who they are in Him

My amazing Co-Leaders also share in our debriefs – the bottom line of their thoughts:

  1. When the heart is not submitted to God – man will do what is right in his own mind, Judges 17:6
  2. If you don’t have truth – you can be swayed all kinds of ways 2 Tim 4:3
  3. Make sure you know the truth 2 Tim 2:15
  4. Know when something else besides truth is being preached Hebrews 4:12
  5. Be a voice that stands for righteousness – Proverbs 31:8-9

 

Pray for all of us, that everything we experience will just draw us closer to Jesus Christ. Please pray that our desires will not be to build ourselves up, but to become like Christ who is the greatest servant of all. Pray that we will continue to be courageous in our faith, knowing, we KNOW the answer … his name is Jesus!

 

until tomorrow

mrs. g

 

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A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression

The only limit to the impact we will each have on others … I believe … is us!

We were reminded over and over today of how the character of the man George Washington still impacts our lives today.  Touring the beautiful Mount Vernon it was amazing to think, I am walking where the first President of the United States invented, worked, entertained and lived. 

Here’s some highlights from our evening debrief. (where each person talks about the events of the past two days and how it impacted them)

·       The snowball fight was fun – but also really cool that we prayed with the students from the boarding school

·       I loved hearing my classmates pray and hear their heart

·       Loved how they didn’t hide the facts about the slaves and spoke truth about the situation and didn’t try to cover it up. 

·       The snowball fight – it was simplicity at its best – we need more of it – we are too inundated with social media, etc. This was just simple fun

·       It was powerful when we prayed at the Washington Monument – I am excited to see what else is going to happen this week

·       When we were praying with the group after we had fun at the snowball fight-  the way that Mrs g prayed was also really good   our reputations as believers is really important –   next time a Christian comes  – along they might be even more receptive

·       We should realize technology doesn’t define us – we still are fighting the same battles today –  it’s the war against flesh –  evil –  still have to battle to have marriages that last – and  kids that grow up to learn to love the Lord – to keep our eyes on Christ

·       I loved Johnny’s prayer at the slave memorial – praying for people being set free – we can walk around carrying pain inside of us – or we can allow God to help us –  the slave’s faith gave them hope in the midst of their enslavement

 

Sharing and debriefing our day, the fun and the impactful moments, is as important as the experience of the day itself. It helps us each see and hear how others on the team are processing what they have seen and gives us each a new perspective we might not have seen. It also gives the students the safe place to share their thoughts, many of them deep and not be laughed at, but have their classmates agree and be challenged themselves.

 

Tomorrow we tour our Nation’s Capital and the Holocaust Museum. Please pray for our students.  They were challenged to open their hearts to the experience, to allow the Holy Spirit to really penetrate deep and be even more aware of what they were seeing and hearing and to not be afraid to allow it to change them. To become more Christ-like – a radical servant that glorifies God.

 

Until tomorrow!

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it. was. EPIC!

Epic First Day

What a fun way to start your 11th grade Impact trip – landing during a light snow storm. It was beautiful.

We got to the hotel, and dressed for an afternoon on the National Mall after we headed to Panera to grab our fuel (lunch) for the epic snow ball fight we didn’t know we’d be in.

We always like start off getting a picture of the team with the capital in the background.  As we were walking past groups of people in the center of the mall, building snowmen and throwing snowballs, I had an idea. When we finished taking our picture and I told the kids. “Okay, here’s what you’re going to do.  Everyone is going to make 3 or 4 snowballs, get in a group, we (adults) will be standing over there on the sidelines, and when I drop my arm, you run towards that group of people, yelling, ready to start a snowball fight.”  I could tell they were a little apprehensive but they went ahead.   I dropped my arm, and they kind of apologetically started running and hardly yelling. The other group saw them and got excited and yelled and ran towards our kids.  That got our kids quickly into the ‘game’ and they yelled louder and ran harder and began pelting the other side.  IT WAS EPIC.  It lasted for a while. Channel 4 was there and filmed it. Who knows if it makes the nightly news, but it was SO FUN!

  Finally, it was time that we headed towards the Washington Monument to start our praying for the nation. We called our team over.  One of the adults of the ‘other side’ came over and thanked us for letting them ‘play’.  As we walked away, the other group made more snowballs and started yelling and running after our kids … so funny. After another quick round, I stopped both groups and asked where they were from, then we introduced ourselves.  We asked if it was okay if we prayed for them, the leader was a little hesitant but the young people were from a boarding school and the girls, were like, “yes… yeah… sure!”  So, right there, on the sidewalk on the National Mall, we prayed for them, for their purpose, for our student’s purpose, for our nation and our leaders.  It was pretty cool. 

We headed to the monument and broke into our prayer teams and prayed

·       The week

·       Our leaders

·       Safety

·       We would experience all God has for us

·       We would continue to had epic surprise experiences

·       Whatever else the other teams prayed

 We got back on the metro and headed over to the White House.  It looked so beautiful as the sun was going down and snow everywhere.  We got a few pictures, then we gathered in the park in the front and one of our students prayed for our nation’s leadership.

 It’s been a long day so we headed back to the hotel, a quick run to Safeway for snacks, and heading to bed for an early day tomorrow.

 

 

 TOMORROW

At 6:45 in the morning we head out bright and early to ride the cruise boat on the Potomac to Mount Vernon. This is where we will tour his home, his farm, the slave houses, the tombs, watch a video about George Washington and the fight for liberty. This can be such an impactful time. You see what a statesman George was. His resolve to stand for liberty all the while being a man that owned slaves. What a contrast.  A man leading the fight for freedom all the while seemingly having no problem with owning people himself.   We usually have great evening debriefing after the day.  

 

This is a great group of kids. I so love them.  We miss our home team … Elizabeth and Vy … Christian, get well, we are praying for you!

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU ! ! ! 

Pray that your student and the others become aware and sensitive to the Holy Spirit leading them to pray for things, events and people that God lays upon their hears.  As we ride the metro, stand in lines, ride boats, etc. we have unique opportunities to tell others who we are and why we are here. In Bible class, Coach Taylor and I have been encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone with just a ,”God bless you”  and then when that gets comfortable and a conversation ensues, “Is there something our team could pray for you tonight?”  Or just being sensitive as we learn to pray on-sight with insight, God will impress upon their hearts things to pray. It might be for people or situations they see. Sometimes watching a film, or walking through a museum, they are impressed with information they learn and realize. We need more people like that in leadership. That becomes a prayer point.  Or, that was a horrible time in history, and it impresses them to pray for those still suffering from that event or action.

 Till tomorrow night!

 mrs. g

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He Never Fails!

The Blue Lagoon +
The Northern Lights +
A Mud Facial
Clearly God loves this Senior Class

This morning the students turned in their lists of prayer points God had given them to pray for Iceland and Gunnar’s church and church plant.  I loved seeing those papers completely filled out.

I know people have in mind what missions should look like.  But our goal at Summit is to impart into our students to be ‘on’ mission 24/7.  That looks different on every one of us.

Our students ministered to our driver by how they treated each other. How respectful they were.  How thankful they were.  I had breakfast with her the last morning and it was part of our conversation.   I knew God was blessing her through our students.

That’s 1 Cor 3: 5-9

Our students were impacted by this trip.  This trip is about them and God’s plans for them.  What He wants them to see about him.

Prayer walking in the freezing cold rain … sitting at the feet of a man that God has set aside to shake up Iceland for his kingdom… a man that they can relate to … you can’t set that up… God sets that up!

After a day of whale watching … we did see 4+ whales the last one was close to the boat… amazing!

We grabbed a quick sandwich and headed to the Blue Lagoon. As we were checking in the young man said , “Pray the clouds will clear and you will be able to see the Northern Lights while you are here! ” Amen … we thought our chances would be slim because the 3 other nights we’d seem them it was after 10:45p and we were leaving at 10. We were all together enjoying the hot springs. And noticed it was time to get out. As we were leaving Daniel asked “Look up there, is that the lights?” OH. MY. WORD. clearer than Tues night.
The students were saying… God is so amazing!
Thank you God. They were bright, long, dancing. It was spectacular.
No one had a camera because we were in the water… I think that’s what made it even more spectacular. It’s kind of one of those … ponder it in your heart… silently be in awe … let your heart be filled with thanks to God who gives those things money can’t buy.
Beauty
Peace
Confidence
Assurance
Salvation
Grace
Mercy
Truth
We glorify Him tonight because He is great and He does great things
Thank you God for reaching down one more time and showing this class… Your majesty … Your splendour… They are in awe

http://www.bluelagoon.com

Heading home tomorrow. Prayers for safe flights!

They are already planning a reunion trip.

Our ❤’s are full

Mrs g

 

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