After two days of traveling, we were able to make it back home safely. After leaving SOS, the team traveled to Nashville, where we had dinner and then were able to explore the Grand Ole Opry hotel. Getting back on the road, we traveled to Bowling Green, KY and stayed the night in a hotel. The next morning, we woke up and traveled to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. It was amazing to see how God’s majesty extends even far below the surface of the earth. After a two hour tour, we got back into the vans and made our way back to Upland.
Overall, the trip was great! Working together and living life together constantly for ten days causes friendships to form in ways that aren’t otherwise possible. It was wonderful being a part of a team who loved to laugh, loved to learn, and loved to work.
A quick note to the parents of the students on this trip: thank you so much for enabling their participation in this service trip. I know it’s difficult to have your family away from you, especially on Easter. Thank you also for raising diligent children who were able to work so hard on the roofs this week. Roofing is hard work and this team was amazing at it.
And a word to those who offered prayer support throughout this journey: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Prayer is a wonderful, powerful tool we are given by the Lord to use and I fully believe this trip would not have been what it was if you hadn’t been praying for us.
Throughout the week, this blog has offered you snapshots of stories about our mission trip to Memphis, Tennessee. Fortunately, there is so much more. In fact, there are 19 sets of stories represented by the members of this team. We’re all still processing the trip and sometimes we need someone to process with. If you could, take the time to hear the stories we have to share. God and His unfathomable grace were at work this week- ask us about it!
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From our hearts to yours,
“We are not bringing Christ to poor communities. He has been active in these communities since the creation of the world, sustaining them ‘by His powerful word.'” –When Helping Hurts, p. 60
“You cannot live the way you were meant to as a human being without Jesus Christ”…. “Sometimes we’re tempted to think how God is useful instead of thinking how God is beautiful.” -Thursday night chapel at SOS
“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” Romans 5:20
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45