As the Lady Bisons softball team embarks on its mission trip to Mexico, sophomore Peyton Ward reflects on day one of her and her teammates travels.
Greetings all – my name is Peyton Ward, and I am new to this whole blogging and mission trip thing, so I ask you to graciously bear with me through this process. I am no McCarley Thomas, but I will do my best (love you, Mac, but you set the bar pretty high!)
Day One had an early start to it. We met at the front of the arena at 5:00 a.m., said a few prayers for safe travels as we also thanked God for our blessings, and off to the airport we went. We then made our way through security where Sarah Higgins got her peanut butter confiscated. So, that started our trip with a laugh and a memory made.
I have heard from countless people about how present God is in Colonet and on mission trips, how the children will steal your heart, and how so incredibly happy the people of Colonet are. Needless to say – I was getting anxious. It felt like our flights were never ending, but rest assured, they ended safely. Next thing I knew, we were at In-N-Out Burger in San Diego, California, for a much needed burger and fries. After eating, we were on the bus headed for the border. Coach J.J. made sure we filled out our visas beforehand so it was not too much of a hassle to cross the border! After a few of us made it through and were outside waiting for the rest of the group to catch up, we started playing hacky sack. If any of you know Lipscomb Softball, you know hacky is a staple! We even had a few new friends join us and show us how to really play – that was pretty neat.
Shortly after we finished hacky, we boarded the bus and off we went trucking through the many hills and windy roads of Mexico. It was beautiful. It was heartbreaking. It was everything in between; the beaches, the poverty, the people. The bus was silent as we were all just taking it in and enjoying this experience together.
We then met two of our translators and mission team members, and we embarked on a mission to Costco where we would wander the aisles throwing stuff in the cart – including five trays of brownies and a big stuffed teddy bear the size of Dee Baddley (literally). We got our food for the week and food we will share with the people of Colonet, checked out with nine shopping carts full of fun things, loaded the food into the vans, and off we went. Finally, onto our last destination, our hotel.
Boy, were we all excited to see that hotel, because it had been a long day of traveling. We loved every second of Day One on our journey together, but we are ready for showers and some much needed sleep!
In church on Wednesday, we were going over Ephesians and studying what it meant to be a child of God and walk in the light – I have no doubt that this is what this group will do. We are going to use our God given talents of serving and loving others to make a lasting impact here in Colonet. We are going to love first, and we are going to serve second. I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow and start serving and loving as children of God walking in the light.
Tonight, I pray for restful sleep, safety in all of our endeavors, and the strength to leave every single day with our tanks on empty. Lord, we love You and we thank You!