Guess who’s back, back again, Home Team’s back, tell a friend. Whaddup from Home Team, we’re all back in the snow and ice of West St. Paul, Minnesota. We finished more training in January and now retreats are back and here we are. I asked the team what they’ve been most surprised by since they started back in August.

  1. I didn’t expect to grow so close to the people on my team. I never thought that the people on my team would end up being my family.
  2. I didn’t expect to grow in my prayer life this much. NET has taught me so much about how to pray. As missionaries, we have a commitment of 30 minutes of personal prayer daily.

  3. I didn’t expect awesome praise and worship. Here on NET, we have team prayer every morning, which is basically praise and worship (we praise God with music, with our voices, and with out bodies). I never realized that the main purpose of our bodies is to worship Him, and how much our soul can express our love for Him through our voice and body.

  4. I didn’t expect to be in Minnesota and have retreats canceled because it is -30° (-50°) with windchill. It’s freaking cold!!! But hey! We get to experience new things like snow and what happens if you throw boiling water when you have arctic weather (Spoiler Alert: It freezes mid-air).

  5. I didn’t expect to eat my host family’s pig. We stayed at a host family where they raised pigs over the summer and in the middle of dinner we realized we were eating fresh pork. Also, we found a dead pheasant in the fridge.

  6. I didn’t expect to learn so much about myself in such an intimate way.  I’ve learned so much about myself through the Lord and through my teammates on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. I’ve learned about my limits and things I need to work on; I’ve learned how to give and receive love, and how to renounce the things I want to do or to do things I don’t want to, out of love and obedience.

  7. I didn’t expect to be inspired by the youth we are trying to inspire. On many retreats that we put on, I find myself thinking at the end of the day, “Who grew more today, me or the people I’m trying to minister to?” Oftentimes I feel that in small groups and from talks, testimonies, dramas, and discussion I’m the one who grows more.

  8. I didn’t expect to learn how to love the crosses and suffering that the Lord has given me. Every day I find myself appreciating the ways the Lord has asked me to suffer this year because comfortability doesn’t help me become a better person, but challenges do. I remember going to the Lord and asking Him “God, why do you give me this?” Or, “Why does this have to happen to me? That’s awful!” and Him telling me “If I have given you this, it cannot be awful. It’s beautiful, even though you don’t understand it. You just have to learn to love it and trust me”.

  9. I didn’t expect that God would actually visibly use me as His instrument (giving me His words for people around me, healing for teammates, etc…) In ministry the Lord is really present through other people, including me. The Lord uses me every day that I let Him, because once you’re open to the Lord and His will, He desires so much to bring others to Him through you. He gives me words of knowledge, courage, love, and anything that someone really needs to hear. It is such a beautiful thing because the Lord uses His creations to inspire one another and to bring them closer to Himself.

  10. I didn’t expect to have people on my team that would go out of their way to help me. When I first started NET in August, I was expecting that this would be like any other job and our primary goal would be our ministry. I quickly found out I was so very wrong. The people that I work with are my family. They care about me in good times and in bad times, they find me when I’m in pain, and they love me just as a sister loves her brother.
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