We have been in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since Saturday afternoon, and from the moment we arrived, we have been in ‘Go mode’, as our team had the opportunity to experience something outside the normal attractions that students tend to see. On Sunday, we had the chance to serve and worship with two different congregations in the city. While some got to worship, others actually served in the children’s ministry.
Mission trips tend to be unpredictable, and this year’s Mission Arlington experience is no exception. One thing that has become clear is that God truly put these teams together with a purpose in mind.
On our team, for instance, one of the adults we have is a perfect example. God has gifted Tina Falkner with a unique international experience as a missionary that immediately made her an important asset. A family walked up to the group and each of them knew little English, but what they did know was Arabic. Let’s be honest: there isn’t a great backup plan to communicate with someone who speaks Arabic. God knew who needed to be where, and having Tina around was a great example. Another great adult example of leading well is Lea Ann Norton, who spent an entire session talking to a teenage girl about her doubts of God and life.
A beautiful sight to see on these types of trips are the mentor relationships that high school students have on middle school students. In particular, our high school junior girls group of: Caitlin Boles, Abby McClellan, Abby Batterson, and Sydney Steiner have been outstanding in not only including younger students, but also guiding them throughout each day. Each girl has been willing to do whatever is needed and is best for their team. On the guys side, perhaps we have no greater example of God gifting a student in a more intentional way than Phoenix Hylton. While Phoenix has never been on a mission trip before, he has looked and acted like a mature veteran leader as he has used his athletic ability and joyful personality to engage a lot of younger guys.
Our apartment complex assignments this year have been harder than a year ago. God is doing a work in some very difficult environments and we really need prayer on how to navigate them. Please pray for us as we deal with heat and constantly changing circumstances to who visits our team and how to adapt.
More updates to follow as God guides us through this great ministry opportunity.
~ Alan Greenwood