We leave for Juarez, Mexico at 11:30am this Friday. Today the group worked from 10am until 4pm (with a short break for lunch) making lesson plans for each day and age groups. We will be teaching the students about Christ, Adam & Eve, meekness, peacemaking and spiritual family at the HOME. We tried to incorporate lessons for several different learning styles (visual, kinesthetic and auditory). We worked hard to get as much done as we could.
Holly and Cheslea's sister Jenny helped us with lesson outlines and had many ideas to offer because of her teaching experience.
Besides making lesson plans, we have been trying to study scripture, pray, and journal daily to best have a spiritual impact while we are in Juarez.
Thank You to all of the people donating to the trip so far. We have come along way financially, but we still have a little bit left to go to reach our fiscal goal for the trip. As of now, we are definitely going and trust that God will help us out with what we have left.
I feel excited to be going on my first missions trip and hope to learn a few things along the way. I think God will teach each person in the group something important during this trip. Also, I think everyone in the group will grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally and in many other ways during this opportunity to go with God.
Emmanuel Children's Home has been going under a loss of support for the past few years due to the rise in crime. Every year there has been less and less support and groups visit the Home. They are in need of our group and of people to support them financially and personally. We shouldn't back down in times of turmoil because that is when they need us the most. I find that God uses trials and turmoil to strengthen us in our faith the most. We don't grow stronger when we sit around the house doing nothing. We have to exercise.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Please keep the Home in your prayers!