Esther Harbach, Peoria, AZ

Posted by djaspersen on Friday, July 11, 2014 Under: FIA

This trip was absolutely amazing and much more incredible that I could have imagined. I can't think of a better way to spend my time than by serving God with friends by my side and people who share my faith. It's amazing that you can travel across the country and feel right at home with people whom you've never met. The host families were phenomenal. It actually emotional to leave today, because they feel like our extended family! Although we were split between 3 homes, we  were able to spend so much time getting to know them throughout the week. Two of the families ventured with us to the Grand Canyon for a night after our last day of Vacation Bible School and it was a trip I will never forget. They were so giving, even paying for some of our meals and allowing us to borrow their extra vehicle. They were also very resourceful, helping us with anything we needed and always offering advice and suggestions.

I know that God was able to work through us on this trip, yet I feel as if we have come back with just as much as we gave. It is such a rewarding experience to watch the kids come back day after day, remembering everything we had taught them the day before. The first day that Sydney and I taught, we were concerned with the slight lack of participation, but each day it only improved. My favorite part of the week was on Wednesday when a 4 year old girl, who I didn't think had gotten much out of our time with her, came up and gave me a huge hug and started talking about how much she loved our session and that God was big - she was so amazed! Seeing God work in her heart throughout the week was the coolest thing.

I'm so thankful that we were given the opportunity to go on this trip and I'm amazed at how God was able to use us to assist a struggling congregation

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