Gloria A Dios

These last four days have been craziness. Mostly good craziness, but craziness nonetheless. I left a day early with Laura and stayed in Minneapolis with my wonderful roommate (and was entertained for many hours by my RA, who is also wonderful) in Minneapolis. We left early Friday morning from Minneapolis and ended up in Chattanooga, TN. After waiting in the airport for several hours, we met our team and started the awkward process of meeting and bonding with each other. We then loaded all our things onto a school bus and drove for almost two hours to a summer camp somewhere in Tennessee. I’m not going to lie, I have no idea where I am exactly, but it is unbelievably beautiful here.  We’re in the middle a forest with huge hills surrounding the area. (Maybe they are mountains, but living in Colorado…I personally wouldn’t call them mountains)

These past few days have been a mixture between tough and wonderful. I’m getting a taste of what it’s going to be like living in a third world country all summer. For some team bonding we spent our first night here sleeping outside with just our sleeping bags and some tarps. It was beautiful, sleeping under the stars, but also out of my comfort zone. Bugs are not my friends, and let me tell you, they have been on my mind a whole lot since getting here. There have been a lot more experiences here, many that I haven’t been comfortable with, but the girls that God has placed on my team are amazing (our team is made up of 16 girls, including our two leaders). They remind me of my sisters on Third South that I have been dearly missing. I feel that great bonds and stories will come from our sisterhood that is forming.

What I have learned so far is that no matter how uncomfortable I get, no matter what God asks me to give up (we were told we would have bucket showers once we got there…) it is all done for His glory. No matter what unknown thing, fear, or power of darkness, Christ is greater still. He is the one constant, the one thing I can always rely on. His story needs to be told, and He has chosen to use me in this way. Sometimes I’m still tempted to want to turn back, and these four days I have been learning that I can’t do this on my own. But praise God, because He can. I think this shows how not a thing I can do this trip will be me, but any good or glorifying act done will be the power of Christ working through me and my team. I continue to pray that what needs to happen for Him to be most glorified will be done.  To His name be the glory, forever and ever, amen.

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