All Good Things Come to an End, But Not the Good Life

Throughout the week, we have been challenged to rethink what the Good Life is all about. We’ve learned that there are experiences that are more valuable than money, or popularity, or always being comfortable. Taking risks to go beyond ourselves, to listen to those around us, and to serve as Jesus served are worth the sacrifice in order to discover a life God truly has designed for us.

We have built lasting friendships and have numerous new stories to tell about children and families we have met. These people and their stories have found a place in our hearts and have changed us in ways we don’t even know yet. For almost all of our kids on this trip, it was their first mission trip experience and one that has set a good foundation for future experiences.

Our hope is always that these mission trips will not be reserved for destinations far from home, but that they will spark something in our youth and adults that gives them a desire to live as disciples of Jesus and servants to our neighbors in our own community. Of course, this spark could not happen without the generosity of from Zumbro. As they return home, I ask that you support them in their walk with Jesus by asking them about their experiences and sharing ways you serve others too. Or better yet, invite a young person you know to serve with you and tell them what it means for you to follow Jesus.

We have had an amazing week here in Sisseton, SD, on the Lake Traverse Reservation. We return home grateful and exhausted in the best possible ways.

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It’s All About Relationships

As our crews become more familiar with the rhythms of the day, we’re all feeling more free to get out of our comfort zones more. One of the greatest things about a Youth Works middle school trip is watching the kids gain confidence in initiating relationships with others, both the people that we serve along side in the community and the other kids who are at the Youth Works site with us.

Today, Team Overcome spent the morning at Tekakwitha Nursing Home in Sisseton. Initially, the kids were a bit shy about talking with the residents, but then they placed some games on the tables and the conversations started to flow. The guys played cards with Roger and Mick. Mick had all kinds of stories and told us he just turned 99 last week. None of us believed him because he looked so young! IMG_2461IMG_2464

In the afternoon, the group spent a second day with kids from Sisseton and area native housing neighborhoods at Kids Club. The second day, the Kids Club kids were excited to see our group and ran back to the same kids they played with the day before. We all agree that God’s light shines through the kids we played with.

After a busy day of making friends and memories, we had some free time as a group. We went out to Nicollet Tower where we could see Minnesota, North and South Dakota. We wrapped up the night with a trip to the DQ. The only problem was that the dining room was closed so Jason and Pastor Jason walked through the drive thru to place our order while the others took pictures and waited patiently for their ice cream. It been a great trip so far. Thanks for all of your support and prayers for these Middle Schoolers and adults.

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