Hello everyone from St. Joseph Michigan! Team 12 has had an amazing transition back into regular missionary life after an incredible Christmas Break with each of our families. We have jumped right back in full force and are excited to move forward. The kids were so excited to see us and eager to attend events and it was so inspiring to us. We have been so busy that sometimes we stop and ask ourselves, “don’t forget to breathe!” But at the end of the day, we are loving every minute of it.

Since coming back, we have seen some major improvements in not only the youth, but also in ourselves. We have better attitudes, we are stronger and are finally seeing some of our work making a big difference. One of our team members started a Discipleship Training (DT) Group with 6 girls and we have several small groups meeting weekly that are starting to form into DT groups. We even have a high school girl who, through meeting us, has come back to the church. Her family said it was like pulling teeth trying to get her to even go to church and now she attends weekly along with every single event that we host. God is is good for reaching these kids!

We had our first Praise and Worship night as well which was a beautiful experience for all of us. Our parishes are not very familiar with charismatic praise so we got to teach our friends how to! How cool is that? Everyone really got into it and it was awesome to see our youth reaching out singing praises to Jesus. Some of those people have even come to our Open Team Prayers. Lastly, we have found an incredible love for the sacrament of Confession. We as a team, have had many opportunities to attend Confession and have our souls washed clean. Going so frequently has reminded us of how merciful and loving our God is. We feel truly lucky to be loved so freely and so well. Together, we are growing stronger and bringing each other to holiness. Team 12 is praying for you and we hope you’re having a great start to your year!

Love in Christ,

Team 12

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