John 16:7 says, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

The apostles were sad and confused when Jesus was leaving them but as he said, he had to go, but he wasn’t leaving them alone. He was sending the Holy Spirit upon them, they needed the power of the Spirit to guide them and live through them, to be who God created them to be. To continue on their path to holiness.

Though we are sad to leave Naples, we are confident that the Spirit is going to continue to work here. We have experienced and been a part of some amazing Christ encounters here this year, even some very recently.

Such as being a sponsor to a youth who became Catholic this Easter.

Two team members lost grandparents this year, then at our confirmation retreat during prayer ministry (a time to pray with the youth) they were able to pray with and help a student struggling from the loss of a loved one.

After having performed a drama at our Confirmation retreat, a student got some friends together and they recorded themselves doing the drama and were going to play it on their school news announcements.

We’ve had a few people make the act of getting a Bible so that they can start a personal prayer life.

At our last “NET night” youth group, the students heard a talk and then wrote letters to Jesus (that the next year team is going to send to them) As we looked out at them writing the letters, you could feel the power of the Holy Spirit moving. I was even brought to tears.

These are just a few instances we’ve seen God work here recently.

We have tried to point all the souls we’ve encountered these past 9 months here to the heart of Christ in all of the different areas of ministry. We came to enable them and help set their hearts on fire to embrace the beautiful faith we have. And in the process, our own hearts have been set ablaze. We came to give, and we have given, but we’ve also received.

“ For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance.”

Matthew 13:12

All Glory, be to God!

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