Team: Students from Christ Journey Church in Coral Gables, Florida
Written by: Andre
Today (March 28th) has been the most eventful day of the mission trip so far. Since the moment I woke up, I was active and moving. After waking up and having some Colombian eggs with tomato for breakfast, we headed over to the school. I had brought my speaker onto the bus and we started playing music from someone’s phone. After a while, I began to focus on the view outside, and I thought to myself, “Everything here is God’s work, and everything is beautiful.” That was a really powerful moment for me.
When we arrived at the school, I felt super excited because we made a team from the mission trip members, and we played a game of soccer with a team from the school. We got whooped! But at the same time we all had fun. After the game we began to teach classes, and since I’m on the English team (and spoke the best Spanish), I helped explain everything to the kids. After my first class, we had a break, and I stopped in on Zayn’s group, and when I walked in, everyone was locked in on Zayn’s words. His testimony moved so many people and brought many to tears. It was amazing to see what the power of words can do to people! That was the highlight at the school, and I could really see how God was using us as lighting rods for His grace.
After the school, we had lunch at one of the Iglesia Bautista del Sur churches, and that time at the church showed me the love God has for us and everything He provides. We got back to the hotel and we had a little bit of free time, but at 5:30 we had an impromptu worship session. That was such a hard-hitting experience for everyone. On the roof, surrounded by mountains, we were reflecting on our lives. That was real!
We had dinner at 6:00 and afterwards started playing boxball. Eventually more locals started joining in. After we had a nice sized crowd, I sat down with Daniella and started playing worship songs in hope that some of the locals would want to hear. This was very fun because it was a public confession of my faith, and I was not afraid to show it! I truly believe God has been with us and guiding us this entire trip, and I want to keep doing His will.
This blog post was re-shared with permission from Christ Journey Church, Coral Gables, 2019. If you want to read more stories from this trip, go to https://www.christjourney.org/blog/missions/ .