Carol, Beth, Megan, Beth, Amy, and Kathy - cars are packed, it's early and we're smiling, we're ready to hit the road!
We arrived at Tree of Life Ministries around 5pm. We unpacked. Amy made us a delightful, healthy dinner! We had a few moments to meet the other group that would be co-habitating in the house with us (a youth group from Indiana - nice to have such energy and enthusiasm in the house!). And finally, we had our orientation for the week.
(Our dining area in the house - Perfect for our group!)
We ended the evening with our own small group devotionals outside on a gorgeous evening! We talked about gratitude in the midst of the unexpected - and handed out gratitude journals for the week. On a mission trip, you just never know what frustrations may pop up - but at least we were ready to look at everything the happened with a lens of gratitude and watching for God in the details.
"God has a place for every person. And when he gets them there, he empowers them to do what he needs done...
"...Doing the best we can, with what we have, where we are - is the biblical standard of serving."
--John Ed Mathison, "Treasures of a Transformed Life"
(Pictures courtesy of Carol E. and Megan A.)