When people ask me what stood out the most to me on this trip, the first thing I think of was of the picture above, of a Hindu Temple inside The Global Mall. Sure I’ve seen on TV about Hindu worship and read about it. But to actually be in a presence of it made it more of a reality to me. Everyone took their shoes off, and sat on the floor with our legs crossed, while Tim explained more to us about the display of this temple. I remember after leaving, I could hear through the walls people singing and ringing a large bell. Hindu worship had begun.
She didn’t know this, but on the last day, I watched Katie very closely interacting with the kids. I love her heart for them and her smile. In my eyes she was being very motherly. The group participating in a craft, which also explained more of The Gospel to the kids. She looks to sad. I really don’t know why.
Ashlen helping two boys with their craft.
This girl was quite the flexible one! Morgan gained two new best buds this week! Abbey was talking with this little girl and making her laugh. She is so precious! One of the few teenagers I saw all week. I love how Morgan spent some time talking with her. Out of every picture taken, this is my absolute favorite one! I loved to catch Katie swinging this girl around in her arms. This little girl loved her! And I know that she will remember the love Katie showed her the rest of her life. Jayden talking with some of the kids. Katie and Morgan talking more with the kids about The Gospel. As well as explaining the craft that went with it.
This little boy sat alone until… Nathan came along and talked with him a few minute later. One final picture before saying good-bye. Looking back at some of the students, I could see some tears. Bonds and friendships were formed in such a little amount of time. I could tell it was a little hard to say good-bye so soon.
I am highly impressed and proud of our group of students. I was in amazement how each one took the time to bond with a child, most had never met before, and show love to them all week long. The teenagers took the focus off themselves, stepped out of their comfort zone, and gave a part of their heart away. It has made a lasting impact on them, and they will grow more spiritually because of it. The desire and heart of this trip was to share the love of Jesus to them. And its sad to say that many of the kids that we met did not come from loving homes. For the small amount of time everybody had, they gave it their all, and left it on the field. I can’t say enough just how proud I am to see this in such young people. Its an army that God is preparing even more for the future to come.
I have decided to not end this here, but to have one more Blog Post. So please, stay tuned for the final chapter of this story.