Easter Sunday

Rise and shine everyone! Christ has risen from the dead!

This morning, the Indianapolis team woke up relatively early to attend the “Sunrise Service,” the Shepherd Community church hosts this service annually. During worship, we interchanged the language from English and Spanish, which was really fun and interesting.

Next, we all walked over to the cafeteria, the other side of the parking lot, and we ate breakfast. During breakfast, Cameron was showing Nicki how to do hand motions to a children’s song, but then Cameron hit Erica’s hand which caused her to spill her coffee all over the floor in epic, Disney-Channel-esque extravagance.

After we had finished breakfast, we all helped set up chairs because there was a much higher turn out rate than expected. The best part about the service was people’s testimonies. The way they shared their testimonies was by writing on a poster board who they were before on one side, and then wrote about where they are now on the other side. One person was a “crack addict,” but now they have been “clean [for] 1 year 5 months and 27 days.” One person was “homeless,” but then “God provided shelter” for them. Also, there was one person who was a “convicted felon,” but now they are a “devoted counselor.” There were too many testimonies that had been shared, and I can’t cover them all. From just reading about some of those testimonies in the church, I realized that God can make us “new” again by Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice.

After the service we passed out “spring break bags.” Spring break bags are bags filled with food products that are then given to families who need food through their spring break. Most of those families don’t even know when their next meal will be, so Shepherd provides food bags to help the parents out.

Later in the afternoon, we all went to the Eiler’s house to play with their children and eat dinner (Mrs. Eiler is a 3rd grade teacher at Horizon Christian School within Shepherd). At the park, we all did an Easter egg scavenger hunt. While we were all waiting for our leaders to hide the Easter eggs, we started singing children’s songs to pass the time. Yes, of course we had hand motions, and of course people stared at us.

Next, the team had a debrief session, which involved discussions of the highlights of the trip, reactions to returning to Taylor, and writing notes of encouragement to each other. After that we all played a new mafia game that we made up, which involves the cast of Harry Potter. And to wrap up the last full day of the Indianapolis Spring Break Missions Trip, we all decided to watch “A Cinderella Story.” It was a full day, but a great (“lit”) end to our week together.

Thank you all for partnering with us all! We have grown so close as a team and we have all learned so much about God, ourselves, and poverty. It has been a truly rewarding experience. We would love to share our experiences with you after the trip, so feel free to ask! Thanks again.

“The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!”

“Forever” by Kari Jobe


-Jordan Hardesty

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