Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday January 11, 2015 The impact of faith based experiences

This past week a group of 36 adults and students, including my daughter and her husband, from Johnson Ferry Christian Academy in Atlanta is on a mission trip to Nicaragua. The group travels to various barrios to visit with local residents, former friends, pastors and acquaintances.

The impact of these trips on the mission team members is amazing. Here are some thoughts of 18 year old Tyler Gragg from the mission field.

 The truth in a name - by Tyler Gragg:
A name is one word, but it's probably the most important word in the English language. Let's broaden that, it's the most important word in any language. However, sometimes that's all we have. Like today, all I remember are names. Bonito, Lupita, and a whole host others that I could never hope to spell. These are all names of kids that the only thing I knew about them was their name...and that's all I needed. I didn't need to know who was their favorite superhero to spin them around in my arms. It didn't matter whether they are allergic to peanuts or not if I was chasing them around pretending to be a sea monster. I became a human jungle gym today, and loved every single second of it. I will remember those kids names and faces forever, and that's something I thank God for.

The little thought that could- Tyler Gragg
Today was much of the same as yesterday, we went door to door, played with kids and made some great memories. However, as the day moved on, thoughts crept into my head. Thoughts upon thoughts rose up seemingly from nowhere. Most were saying how little impact one kid from Georgia could have on a group of kids in another country that didn't even speak the same language. These thoughts swarmed around my head and mind the entire day putting me down time and time again. There was one thought that decided to be different. He believed that there was joy to be had from us being there. He was willing to be different that all the rest. He wasn't the strongest or the loudest, but he was the only one that was telling the truth. That little thoughts name was The Holy Spirit. He was pretty cool.

For more information on this Mission trip you can visit Johnson Ferry Christian Academy and click on 2015 Nicaragua Mission Trip.

If you or your children have a opportunity to go on one of these mission trips from your church, be sure to go. It is an experience you or children will never forget.

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