In the past few days we have been focusing on all of the “lasts” that have been happening. On May 5th we completed our last retreat of the year in Bremerton, WA for Our Lady Star of the Sea parish. During that retreat we set up for the last time, experienced our final small groups, acted in our last AME, stayed at our last host homes, packed the trailer for the last time, and drove across the country for the last time. And now, I am writing the last blog of the year. However, instead of updating you on the statistics of our team (like the fact that we’ve traveled through twenty-two different states, or ministered to over six-thousand youth), I want to update you on the team itself. So now I’m turning this blog over to them and allowing each team member to say a few final words to you guys to finish up the year.
Uffda! What a journey these last 9 months have been! I am so grateful for all of your prayers and various others ways in which you have supported us. It’s hard to believe that 9 months ago I was getting ready to hop on a plane to Minnesota, ready to serve, and now we are heading back to where it all started. I never imagined how much my life would change in this last year. The Lord has continued to break my heart and build me back up into more of Him; He has shown me what it means to truly serve, love, and grow. I am so grateful for these last 9 months and I am looking forward to next year. I will be heading home to Florida for the summer to go to Disney World, hang out with family, and work at a summer camp, until August, when I will be heading back to Minnesota to serve a second year with NET Ministries. I am very excited to see what the Lord has in store for me! So, whether you were a host family, a retreatant, or just someone we met along our journey, know that you have impacted my life in so many ways, and I am praying for each of you!
Carissa Frances Bull
I came to NET thinking, “This will be great, our retreats will change lives!” And yes, this year has been great, and I pray that many lives have been changed. But, a little more to my surprise, I think that my personal transformation has been the biggest of them all. Whether you were on retreat, were a host family, fed us lunch, or offered prayers and support from home, each and every one of you played a part in my transformation. I wouldn’t be able to do anything without y’all’s prayers and love. As my year with NET is coming to a close, I’m heading home with a bigger desire to evangelize, particularly in chastity. The Lord has blessed me with the ability to relate to many young women across the country, and although my ministry with NET is coming to an end, my journey is just beginning.
Grace Marie Therese Maiers
What can I say other than that words cannot describe the glory of God and how He has truly transformed my life and drawn me closer to Him this year. I have always been pretty family-oriented, and this year has opened up my eyes so much more as to how this faith brings us into such a large, loving, caring, and self-giving community – the Catholic Church. I’ve seen this community through my teammates, the entire NET community, and all of the wonderful people we’ve met, from host families to youth on retreats and through all of the wonderful people that have given to this ministry. Thank you to everyone who has given me so much support. Next year I will be staying with my mom and dad while going to community college with hopes to go to another school in the future for Music and Catholic Studies and to continue to grow on this journey with year has gone all my life.
Well it’s definitely hard to believe that it is already time to return home, but I take with me an experience that I will not ever forget. I leave the road with a new perspective on life itself: my life is not my own. The purpose of my life is not meant to be self-serving, but selfless in service – I am His hands and feet and desire to love and serve all those I meet, just as Christ did. I am so grateful to all of you who constantly offer support, be it through prayer or donation; I wouldn’t be here without your consideration! Please continue to pray for me as I return to NET in July to serve on Mission Staff. Here’s to another grand adventure for His greater glory and my greater good!
This year NET has been such a blessing; I cannot believe it’s almost over! The Lord has constantly been transforming my heart throughout this year. I have been stretched by facing many fears and anxieties that I didn’t think would be possible to face – He has shown me how to always give complete trust in Him and let go of control. I want to give an enormous thank you to all who supported me and my team by prayers, donations, or hosting us. Please continue those prayers as I head home to attend community college and start working. Eventually, I will transfer to a Catholic university to pursue Theology and God-willing become a youth minister. Once again, thank you for reading this blog and for giving your support. God bless you all.
Hello all of you faithful supporters! It’s been an honor to serve on the NET year of 2012-2013. I am so grateful that the Lord called me to this mission and for the ways in which He has transformed my life. I end this year with a deeper love for sacred scripture and abundant knowledge of His church. The Lord also constantly drew me out of my comfort zone to reach out to others so that I might bring Christ to each person I met. Next year I will return to NET to serve a second year as the Lord has more work to accomplish within me. I am in awe of the generosity of everyone who has donated, all of the host families I’ve stayed with, and all those I’ve come in contact with while on the road. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your constant support and prayers!
Well, all I can say is, “Wow. Where has the time gone?” These past two years have been some of the most spiritually rich years in my entire life. I have encountered Christ through two different teams in these past years, each showing me different facets of His love. This year, the Lord has grown me in leadership, perseverance, trust, and patience. God has shown me that I am in need of His abundant grace always, and through His grace, I am made strong. He has shown me that I can do nothing on my own, and it is through Him that I can accomplish His will. This summer, I plan on moving to Canada to be with my beautiful girlfriend, Emily Runstedler (a NET alumna). I will be working, saving money, and preparing for the next step in my life. I want to go to school to become a nurse, and eventually branch out to the foreign mission field. Thank you for your prayers, support, and love. God Bless you all.
Salutations, internet world! My long journey with NET Ministries soon sets. Two years ago, I do not recall imagining the incredible transformation God planned for me. I reserve only praise and gratitude for those who financially supported and prayerfully strengthened me. My NET service ending marks the dawn of deeper conversion in new and unknown experiences. In my first year of NET, grace removed the scales from my eyes, to obtain authenticity in my self and relationships with my neighbor and God. In the progress of this school year, I learned trust in foregoing control, whether in unknown future plans or inconvenient minor circumstances. My plans post-NET remain unclear for the school I attend in the fall, though I hope to obtain a summer job at my church. Again, thank you for supporting me, by means of prayer, finances, or simply reading this blog.
It’s hard to believe that my year serving with NET is almost over! Looking back, it’s hard to believe how much I’ve been transformed since August. I would like to take this time to say a very big, and much needed “Thank you” to every single person that has supported me, either financially, or prayerfully. Because of YOUR help, I’ve been blessed with an amazing team, a new passion for Sacred Scripture, and a whole lot of grace! As this year comes to a close, I will have to face the challenge of keeping my faith burning brightly inside of me, while facing the challenges of everyday life. Although this will be difficult, I have no doubt that the Lord will provide abundant grace for me, whenever I need it. Also, I’m very excited that I will be returning to Minnesota, this August, to serve a second year with NET! May all praise and glory go to Him!
Mazda’s slogan “Zoom-Zoom” – that’s how I feel my year with NET has gone so far. It seems like last month I was flying to Minneapolis for training and in about two weeks I will be going home for good. I came into this year hoping to grow in a better relationship with God, and I got exactly that. Thanks to daily prayer, team prayer, constant reconciliation and adoration I could just feel my relationship changing with Him. Now what’s next for me? Hopefully seminary! I am applying and waiting for a response from the diocese. If that doesn’t work out then I will attend junior college. I want to thank everyone for their prayers these past nine months and please pray for me as I continue to discern the seminary. God bless.
In the past nine months by living as a traveling missionary I have received two extremely important gifts from God: healing and conviction. This year I have been broken down by our Lord in ways I didn’t think were possible, only to be able to be built up by him anew. By living my faith out I have discovered a new sense of conviction for Catholicism that I plan to spread to my college, the University of Massachusetts, where I plan to attend this fall to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. As this year ends and I head back to the granite state I just want to say thank you to every single person, whoever or wherever you are for any sort of support you have given me this year, no matter how big or small.
Growing up next to the NET Center and knowing about it all my life, I have always had an idea of how nine months with NET can be life-changing. But now actually doing a year of NET, I have realized how true that statement is. It truly has been life changing for me. I have grown a ton in these past few months in how I have learned to trust God always and draw my joy and energy from God even when I physically feel like I cannot go on. Also, I have grown in confidence while being in front of others, especially in giving talks or leading retreats, as well as growing in everyday conversation. Next year, I plan on taking what I have learned with NET and continuing to grow spiritually. Also I will be finishing up my two year degree at Inver Hills Community College and then pursuing a double major in Business and Spanish. Thank you all for your prayers and my extended gratitude goes out to all who have financially supported me this year. God bless you all and praised be Jesus now and forever.
So there you have it: NET Team Ten for the 2012-13 year is done. We are back at the NET Center for our wrap up week and then we all head our separate ways to home. Last fall, we joined NET with many different ideas, premonitions, and dreams. This year has blown every single one of those away. You’ve read the blog, you’ve seen that this year has changed us for the better, and we are extremely grateful to NET Ministries for granting us this opportunity to serve this year.
As I finish the last few sentences of this blog I just want to thank a few last people: my readers. Thank you everyone who has read, commented, and shared this blog throughout the past nine months. It has meant a lot to me and I am very appreciative. So in conclusion, thank you.
Jonathan Hynes and Team Ten