Hi everyone! I'm your guest blogger for this week! The first one actually! My name is Megan Bockelman and Lynda asked me to write on her blog this week about the mission trip I went on with our church last week (see previous blog post for details). The technical difficulties last week, not being able to post to Facebook, would usually have been delegated to me. But since I was on the mission trip Lynda didn't want to bother me about it. So here I am! First off, you should know that I'm the behind the scenes tech person for this website and blog! I think Lynda has mentioned me before in an earlier post. 😊 I handle all the back-end work, updating the site, and answering all of Lynda's questions! It's nice to finally talk to you all directly!
I have attended our church since I was a baby and I became a member when I was in about 7th or 8th grade through our confirmation class. (Lynda was my spiritual mentor!) I have been attending our youth group since about the same time, but I aged out last year when I graduated from high school. Since then, I've continued my work with the church and the youth group as a sound and technology person during worship times and gatherings. In addition, I now serve as an adult leader on field trips, mission trips, and also during regularly scheduled youth fellowship. This past trip was my 4th mission trip with our church and it was just as amazing as always. It was really interesting to view things from the perspective of an adult leader rather than a youth participant though. It's so amazing to see how God is working in these students' lives and in the lives of the Team Effort leaders.
Our youth worked on two different sites, just one mobile home apart. The first site added a smaller deck extension onto an existing deck while the second site (where I worked primarily) built a deck attached to the side of the owner's mobile home. There had been a group at our site during the previous week, so each of our groups built the floor, ceiling, railings, and stairs off of the foundations that were built the week before. It was fun and challenging work at times, especially considering the fact that we had to battle the rain almost every day we were there!
I was able to see the youth working together on building porches at our two sites, even during the rain most of the time! It was great watching how patient and loving they were with one another, even when things got difficult or time consuming. In addition, I got to see them at free time enjoying each other, playing together, talking, as well as pouring their heart out during worship at chapel. I love seeing the youth experience the same things that I did for many years, and how a trip like this can really provide a spiritual rejuvenation in their walks! I hope I am able to serve the youth group for many more years and continue to watch the youth of our church grow! 😊
Here is a link showing the youth of our church talking about the trip! Also included at the end of the video is the PowerPoint presentation that was made with pictures from the trip.