In a mere 13 days 36 students and 4 adults will board a plane for a week long mission trip to Italy. Planning for the trip began in the summer of 2016, but in all reality a mission trip at the school has been on the prayer list of many for 15+ years. As the school year got underway we began working with the students on the trip to prepare their hearts and minds for what they will experience. One of the things that has been heavy on my heart was to communicate the message that we are not simply going on a one-week trip that is mission minded, rather we are to live lives on mission. With that in mind over the course of the year we set up different days where our students could serve locally with Habitat for Humanity. We wanted to communicate that we have opportunities to serve here, before we have an opportunity to serve over there.

This past Saturday alongside 9 of the students, we worked in the hot Florida sun to help build a house, and I could not be more proud of the students. They worked tirelessly and did anything and everything they could in order to accomplish the task at hand. At one point I was walking through the house moving from one spot to the next when I overheard our ‘host’ on the phone. I could tell he was talking with a different site director and I heard him say, “I’m sorry your crew isn’t very good today. I got blessed with the good ones. My guys are great. They are doing phenomenal work.”

I don’t know whether or not he meant for me to hear it. Regardless, I walked away feeling proud of my students. They were working hard, having fun, and making an impact for the Kingdom. If this past Saturday was a glimpse of what is going to happen in Italy, I cannot wait to see what happens!

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