Wow! Where do I begin?! I am in complete awe of what God has done through this mission trip. I cannot find the words to express how I feel because I have never felt this way before! Over the past year, I watched how God orchestrated and organized this trip. I look back and now I can see how He brought us all together to form a team that would bond so closely together. I have never been on a trip that was so completely perfect. From the very moment I found this trip online it felt right.
Robin, thank you for all your guidance and help throughout the year with preparation. You are the most efficient person I have ever worked with while preparing for a trip. Your kindness was felt with every step. I am so thankful for you and I am blessed to know you.
I watched as 2 young very shy girls opened up their hearts and embraced every aspect of this trip. I watched God work a miracle in each one of them and He changed their lives forever. I watched nervous group members let go of the fears they were holding onto, and saw them come to life with love and laughter. I watched as they worked being the hands of Jesus, and showing the love of Jesus. I witnessed tears, and laughter and I saw Hope in all their eyes. I watched as a young woman let the little girls play with her hair, and in turn she painted their fingernails. The joy she brought to their lives for that brief time will last a lifetime, not only to them but to her as well.
As for myself, I am still processing everything I was so very blessed to witness. I keep putting myself back into the jungle and on that boat. A place where God called me to be, a place where I left a piece of my heart. I am forever changed and I pray that you all know how very special you are to me now. We started out as strangers but though God's love we are now bothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. And for that I am so very thankful.
You will all definitely see me again!