Our day started with Rachel leading us in a great team time. She shared how we need to trust God in the moment to jump out of our comfort zone courageously. Being careful is being calculated and using your brain to figure out how to go out and do something, while fear is an emotion and it focuses on what might happen. Rachel brought up the fact that fear is such a small thing when we compare it to the shear power of God and His awesome strength. God will provide the strength to jump outside your comfort zone, and that was a perfect message for our team to hear this morning.
Then camp happened. It is such a crazy 4 and a half hour period, I cannot really describe it. And this is not an easy group of kids. 200 children from an impoverished area with broken homes produces some rowdy kids. Yet, even with some tough kids, our students kept moving forward, with smiles on their faces, continuing to love on the kids no matter what. Not to mention it was HOT! One place said the temperature hit 100 today, and it felt like it.
So it was great to take a step back tonight,after such a scorcher, and just spend some time as a team. We went to Steaks on South and got incredible cheese-steaks! We had a great time just being together and then moved to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. We then planned to go the “Rocky steps” where Rocky Balboa ran up and celebrated in the climatic montage in the movie Rocky. But as we drove there, a thunderstorm rolled in, and we could only drive past and look.
However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. When we got back, we held another team time at Urban Hope. Craig Winey got up and just shared his heart and soul with our students. It was awesome, because instead of doing it at the Rocky steps like we had planned, we were in the basement of Urban Hope, with very few distractions and everyone was able to focus on what Craig had to say. He really encouraged all of us to make sure, even when we go back home, to keep up our “spiritual training”.
Thank you for all your prayers. Moving forward, pray for our team to become unified. Jake Lawson talked with the team about unity on Monday, and we really saw the team starting to come together today. Hopefully they really continue to come together as a team tomorrow! It is awesome to see how God is working in the lives of the students on this trip. We will update more as soon as possible, and hopefully get more pictures as well. Until then, check out our Facebook page,www.facebook.com/WoosterHSM, which gets regularly updated with pictures.