Hello from NET Team 15 at St. John the Evangelist in Naples, FL! As I sit here writing this blog, I have the biggest smile on my face. Why, you may ask? Because I am beyond excited to talk about this team and the ministry we have started.
We have been down here for a month and a half, but it feels like it’s been either an eternity, or a week! When we left Minnesota on September 15th, most of us did not know what to expect. We were all excited to start spreading the Gospel after 5 weeks of training. However, we did not know what would be waiting for us in the Sunshine State. Well, we were welcomed by a dynamic and faithful parish that was excited to show us the community of St. John’s. We could not be happier with the community that the Lord has placed us in for the year!
The welcome festivities were short lived because we immediately jumped into ministry. As a team, we help out with youth group, faith formation, and confirmation as well as getting to know the youth on an individual basis. One of our team run events is a monthly NET Night! Once a month, our youth minister allows the NET team to run youth group. We play games, give talks, and perform dramas depending on the theme (essentially putting on a mini-retreat). The first NET Night we had was in October and the theme was prayer. David gave a talk where he challenged the youth to start consistently interceding for people in their lives. As the youth left the talk to go to small group, one of our team members heard two girls saying that they were inspired by the talk. In one of the small groups, the youth brought the discussion to the topic of how praying for people can help you learn to forgive them. The Lord showed up for that night like He always does. We are so excited to continue these nights and many more events here in Naples.
Lastly, if I had to describe Team 15 in one word, it would be JOYFUL! Now you might think that it is the constant sun, palm trees, and team days on the beach that makes us joyful, but I can honestly say it is all from the Lord. There is never a shortage of laughs down here!! I look forward to continue sharing the joy of this team and the amazing things the Lord is doing in future blogs.
NET Team 15