Open My Eyes – Mission Trip “Community Engagement”

Today we began to dive into our new surroundings for the week.  My group is spending the mornings all week at a Day Camp for middle school kids.  We met a wonderful group of local leaders and other volunteers who spend their days with 30-40 youth…playing basketball, talking in small groups and teaching them about preparing healthy foods.  Our group did a great job of jumping in and started the process of building relationships with the kids.  It is amazing to watch the young people from our church be so willing to get involved in a unfamiliar environment and to share their God given gifts with people they just met today.  They are amazing.  

The second part of the day is a “Prayer Tour” around several different parts of the city.  This is by far the best way to fully understand information about different neighborhoods and the history behind social issues and how things ended up where they are today.  This part of the experience provides a clear foundation for the week to help you open your eyes to all the things that are happening in a community.  It makes me think about our community at home and how we could help make a difference their once we return.

The opportunity to step back in life and be present where your are is a wonderful and transforming experience.  Better yet to watch the youth of our church soak up the information, ask questions and begin to get engulfed in their surroundings is truly a blessing.

I leave you with Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble if its own.

About mcalcagno

Living by faith and striving to know Him and to make Him known
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