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Snapshots provide unique experiences on mission trip

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Lipscomb women’s soccer team shares snapshots of the day from its fifth day on a mission trip in El Salvador. The student-athletes do this every night after dinner to share each unique experience.  

One of the most prevalent lessons I have learned and witnessed this week is that God created each person with unique gifts meant to be used for a specific and intentional purpose according to His will. We all may be soccer players with similar ages and interests, but each of us have a special and influential ability to show God's love in different ways.

Every night this week the mission team has gathered after dinner to play games, enjoy a time of worship, and share "snapshots" from the day. Because each of my team members have their own experiences and their own ways of exemplifying Jesus, I am going to share with you some of their snapshots from today.

This morning we returned to Pedro Castillo Government School played with and loved on the kids, but at the end of the morning we had to say our goodbyes and explain that we would not be returning tomorrow.

"At one point during the day, I was sitting with a group of kids in a circle. We were all making the biggest effort to understand each other. It was pretty comical at times, but together we were able to talk about their lives. They may not have the things that we do, but on the inside kids are the same everywhere. They're so normal, just like us. Some have problems at home, parents that fight or drink too much, some that try their best, and some that aren't even around anymore. They have too much homework and they protect their siblings. They like Justin Bieber and One Direction and Nickelodeon TV shows. They have boyfriends and girlfriends. They push each other around. They love each other." - Freshman Nicole Marton

"Today we shared in an amazing moment when we watched Cristina share her testimony to hundreds of kids. While she was speaking, I was scanning through the sea of children and noticed one boy who seemed to be around the age of eight. His eyes never left Cristina. In his eyes I could see God's truth, and in that moment I could see that Cristina had changed that boy's life. In his eyes you could see such great hope in the midst of such despair." - Sophomore Brittany Rupple

"It's not really a goodbye ok. In my heart I know I will see her in Heaven and in my head I can just see the great reunion in Heaven where we run to meet each other. So 'till then, my heart will always search for her out of all the people in all the world." - Freshman Emily Shuler said about departing from a new friend Iris

"I was reminded today, as Karli shared her testimony, that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Its been amazing to see God in each of my sisters here, I'm truly thankful for that and for the love that they have displayed to the people here in El Salvador by opening their hearts and allowing God's will to be done." - Junior Callie Cavanaugh

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." -Romans 12:6-8

By Kelsey Reiman