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.