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So last night we got back from Newark, New Jersey around ten o’clock and I have had some time to think about what has happened and how it impacted me. When we left for Newark last Saturday, I was going there to share God’s love to the kids in the city with the mission team. I have learned many things since then because of the people in New Born Wesleyan Church. The thing they always say is “you visit once, then you’re family” but I agree with Pastor Ray when he says that after about not even a minute in their church, you feel like family. They made us feel so welcomed and loved that it seemed like we had known each other longer than a week by the end of the trip. The first night we were there, they made a huge dinner for us to welcome us there. They were the most hospitable group of people I have met in my entire life. Their kindness reflected how much they loved God and how important He was to them. They taught me how to show that a relationship with Christ is the most important thing in my life and material things don’t matter as long as you and Jesus are best friends. Their services were so passionate for God and it was a lesson I personally needed to learn. God has been so good to give us those people in our lives and I hope whoever is reading this will continue to pray for these people because they deal with a lot less than we do.

Even the VBS kids from the city who didnt know Jesus taught me some things even though I was supposed to be teaching them about Christ. Lots of kids that came had many family members with them. Kids would be telling me about their brothers, sisters, and cousins that were also at VBS all the time and it was hard to keep track of who was related to who. But what I learned about myself from them is that family is the best thing on this earth and to my family, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!! The kids and their families were so close and they all looked out for each other like a family should.

Throughout the trip, we went through the book of Philippians and answered questions about what Paul wrote to the church in Philippi. Although the questions were challenging at times, they made you think about what you were reading and learn from it. The devotional book PRay gave us was a great tool to help us to challenge ourselves. Paul was telling the people of the church how to live a Christ-driven life. One of the days the passage spoke to me because one of my favorite verses was in the reading. Philippians 1:20 says “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or death. For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Paul was in prison at the time and was telling the Philippians that he would rather die because he would be with God, but if God wanted him to live he wanted to share God’s love to more people. The things that Paul said about your relationship with Jesus was what I saw in the people at New Born Wesleyan Church. They were so loving because they had God’s love to share.

VBS went great this week and I had about four or five kids in my group accept Christ as their Savior. Whether they will remember it later on or not I don’t know, but it is in God’s hands now and I ask you to pray for those kids at VBS. If they do live with Christ in their lives then in their environment it will be hard to keep their focus on Him. The kids at VBS were great and I will never forget them. This week was one of the most impacting weeks of my life and I hope the kids saw God through me as I saw Him through them.

I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support in this trip, because without you guys, the trip couldn’t have happened. It was definatly what I like to call a “God thing”. I love you guys so much and thank you!!!!!

The activities we did was go swimming in a church member’s pool, visit New York City, and the girls got their hair done. When we went swimming, we had a lot of chicken fights and Shaun got everyone to make a whirlpool which got going really fast. In New York City, we went to the crown of the Statue of Liberty and walked around Times Square. It was awesome. Then Saturday night we went to a habotchi resturant where they make your food right in front of you. This past week was a great week and I want to thank Ray and Mary for putting it together and putting up with us for 9 days. 😀

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