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Youth Digest – 06.25.19

FROM THE DESK OF WILL PERRY:

Dear Friends:

As we finish up our first week back, I hope everyone has been able to recuperate and reflect on the trip! I hope that you feel that this mission trip was impactful and helped you grow in faith. However, it is always quite difficult to keep the feeling you felt on the trip sustained after you come home. In order to combat this, I recommend that we keep the energy alive together through group worship.

The Bible strongly encourages worshiping with others as we need each in order to truly grow in faith. In Proverbs 27:17, the Bible says:

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

By checking up on each other, helping each other hone our thoughts, and holding each other accountable, we can truly improve with each passing day.

In the Bible, boats are often used as metaphors for one’s state of faith. The metaphor is accurate in many ways, but one way holds especially true: bigger boats are always better! Worshiping by yourself is like using a lifeboat: you stay afloat, but you get nowhere. Meanwhile, by enlisting the help of others, you can truly get somewhere in your faith. It is with this that I pray that we all find our family of faith. Amen.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:17

Blessings,
Will Perry

Youth Digest – 06.11.19

FROM THE DESK OF WILL PERRY:

Dear Friends:

Within the past couple of days on this trip, we have finally been able to settle down and make a temporary home in the New Community Church. While we are still in the trip’s infancy, God has shown himself time and time again during the trip. In this devotional, I would like to speak about one experience. This past Monday, I was assigned to help the Church carry out their summer superhero themed VBS program. The day was equal parts play and work as we helped New Community Church teach their youth more about how Jesus is their superhero. While I was preoccupied with the tasks at hand in the moment, in reminiscing upon this experience I now see what God was trying to show me. As I grow further from childhood, reminders of the abilities that I once had are ever more apparent. Boundless energy, creativity, and joy come to mind when I think about what I miss the most about being a child. While I may not be able to recreate these traits today, the children were able to teach me something that I can.

In Matthew 18:1-5, Jesus said

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me”.

Faith is what defines us a Christians, and we paint those who are the farthest along in their walk with God as the strongest in their faith. However, what I saw in these children was the strongest faith of all: one stripped of cynicism and doubt. As I have gotten older, I have developed my trust in God as one with reservations. The apprehension that plagues my relationship with God has only grown stronger as I have grown older. What I feel that God is reminding me of with this passage and with the children of Dolton, Illinois is to return to a faith of innocence. A faith where I don’t doubt God and His abilities to help me. It is with this devotional that I pray that we can all develop this faith. Amen.

Will Perry

Youth Digest – 06.04.19

FROM YOUTH INTERN SHELBY LOUGE:

Dear Friends:

The upcoming youth mission trip to Chicago will be my sixth mission trip with this youth group. You would think that after so many trips, the excitement for them would die down but that is definitely not the case. These trips are my favorite part of the youth program and I am counting down the days until we leave for Chicago. By far the most popular question I am asked when I return home is “Well what kind of work did you do on the trip?” And thinking back to all the trips that I have been on; I really do not remember much about the work we did. The memories that always stick out to me are the friends I made, the relationships that I strengthened, and most importantly how I grew in my relationship with God.

As I was thinking about what I could write about in this week’s Youth Digest, I remembered something Pastor Kyle always says during the Honduras medical mission trips. He always says that it is not the medicine or the medical care that is going to change these people’s lives – it is God’s love that we are able to share with them. I think that this is so important to think about going into a mission trip. It is important to work hard in whatever projects we may be doing. However, at the end of the day it is the relationships we make and the love we share in the communities that will really make a difference in both the lives of the people we serve and in our own lives.

As we prepare to leave for Chicago this Saturday, I pray that God will use us to share His love. I pray that God will help us to build new relationships and to strengthen our relationships with each other and with Him.

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” – 1 John 4:12

Blessings,
Shelby Louge