Two weeks later: final reflections

It’s hard to believe that exactly two weeks ago, on August 4th, our team of nine was packed into a 15-seat passenger van driving from Ensenada, Mexico back to San Diego, CA. All nine of us were tired from a long afternoon at the beach and a long week of house-building and yet the conversation in the van was bubbling over with excitement. Discussions oscillated back and forth between reflecting about what God had shown us over the past week and dreaming about future trips.

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The very next day we spent the afternoon in beautiful Balboa Park armed with our Bibles, journals, and pens. The goal: spend an hour and a half reflecting on the lessons God has taught you over the last week and consider how those lessons will apply to your life as you head back home to WA later in the day. After that hour and a half we gathered together to share with one another the lessons God had taught us. The following are snippets from some of those lessons.

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  • I learned this past week that God always has a perfect plan. Even when I don’t feel like it, God’s timing is always perfect. And He knows exactly the right time to send exactly the right people into our lives.
  • Going into this week I was dealing with some frustration about circumstances going on in my life. But, my verse for this week has been Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” I’ve seen this verse truly sustain me this week.
  • This trip came during a time of transition in my life. And one of the things I found during this time of transition was that I was focusing a lot on myself. I discovered on this trip the incredible joy in both being with other Christians and serving others in Jesus’ name. I want to have that joy all the time!
  • One of the things that struck me about this trip was the need to live my life with intention. Sometimes I fall into a rut in my everyday schedule and I lose my intentionality. This week shook me out of that rut and reminded me that every single day I should consider, “How can I be used of God to make a difference in someone else’s life?”
  • I learned through this trip that God uses ordinary people like us in special ways for His glory.
  • This trip really changed me. It has made me more serious about my faith. It has given me a desire to grow as a Christian. It has caused me to be more prayerful and thankful. It has shown me the joy of serving others.
  • When I was reflecting on Philippians 4, it really hit me how Paul talks about God supplying all of his needs. When God supplies all of your needs, it frees you to let go of things. It frees you to not focus on yourself. It frees you to focus outward and not inward, to focus on others and their needs, and not your own.
  • The thing that struck me on this trip was how when a group of people serves together in a focused and sacrificial manner, with a common purpose, there is so much joy and fellowship and fruit! It made me think to myself: how can I bring more purpose to my life at home?
  • After spending this week ministering in such a focused way, I was left wondering: what types of opportunities do I miss in my life at home because of the busyness of my daily and weekly schedule? And, how can I make changes in my life so that God can use me more?

It truly was a fun-filled, challenging, joyous, awesome, and dare I say life-changing week. As you can see, there were so many different lessons learned. And, there are still many lessons that we’re learning now. Our hope and our prayer is that the things God taught us were not left in the dirt of Ensenada, Mexico or in the grass of Balboa Park, but that God would continue to work them out in our hearts, in our lives, in our homes, in our schools, in our work places, and in our church as we continue to press on in Christ-likeness.

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As we close this particular chapter, we want to extend an enormous THANK YOU to all of you who have prayed for us and supported us before, during, and after this journey. We know that the success of this trip would have been impossible without you!

And we would like to invite all of you who are able to join us for a time of reflection and sharing next Sunday (August 27th, 2017) at Littlerock Community Fellowship immediately following our morning service. Nothing would bring us more joy than to share with you how God heard and answered your prayers on our behalf!

Finally, if you’d like to catch another perspective on our time in Mexico, please check-out the videos that YUGO put together for our team and several other teams ministering in Ensenada the same week as us.

Thanks again!

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