Hello from Team 8! We are currently in the Archdiocese of Washington in the city of Washington D.C. and just finished our 31st retreat. What a crazy and beautiful month we’ve had on the road so far.
A lot of funny moments seem to follow our team. We’ve accidently crashed 2 weddings during prayer ministry, and when we were at the Lincoln Memorial a group of tourists that didn’t speak english surrounded us and smiled for a picture. God has blessed us with a lot of joy and laughter.
We are met with different challenges on the road but the problems we face can’t compare to the glory of God we get to witness. Whether it’s a retreatant coming up to one of our team members at the end of the day and sincerely thanking us for coming, or seeing large groups of youth get in line for confession during prayer ministry, it is beautiful to see Jesus working.
We are also learning to trust that God is going to help the youth outside of the one day we meet them.
“Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for, and the certainty of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1
Sometimes at the end of retreats we leave the floor open for the retreatants to come and up and share about their experience. There was one day in particular, when we did this in Clarksville Maryland, that sticks with our team. There was a quiet eighth grader named Kevin, who kept halfway standing up and hesitating to go up and share. Finally he walked up in front of everyone and said, “I didn’t know who God was before today, but now I know he’s real. I feel so happy and at peace”.
After that one of his teachers came up to a NET team member, and said with tears in her eyes – “You guys have no idea how much courage it took him to get up there and say that. He truly meant it”.
The same Holy Spirit that guides our team and pushes us to do things we’re afraid of, is filling the people we encounter. That is all we hope for. That’s what makes us feel amazed that God would call us to this ministry and allow us to watch as he pours his love into people’s hearts.
“O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wonderful things, His right hand and his holy arm have gained the victory for Him.” Psalm 98:1