FROM YOUTH INTERN SHELBY LOUGE:
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