Greetings from NET Team 9! We’re currently in Nashua, New Hampshire. New England is stunning! No one on our team is from this area, so we have all found ourselves in awe of how beautiful it is here.
Our team is growing to love each other more and more every day. As we learn more about each other, it has become easier to be authentic around one another.
The moments that have stuck out to the team are those where the young people (or as we refer to them, YPs) have the opportunity to share, whether it’s up in front of everyone at the end of retreats or filling out Share Your NET Experience papers after. The way the Lord works in the hearts of those we encounter is incredible.
One young man, named Ryan, stuck out to our team. After a retreat in Westfield, Massachusetts, Ryan was one of two people to fill out a form. This retreat was one with around 70 high school juniors. Ryan was the typical “cool kid”. He sat with his buddies and joked around, and didn’t really participate much during opening session. The retreat went on and we did our thing, and then the retreat ended. Ryan was the last person I would have expected to fill out a form. Later that night, when I read what he had written, I was reminded of the Lord’s power and desire to love.
Here’s what he said: “Honestly did not look forward to this session and didn’t exactly know what it was. But once it begun and I opened up to it, I felt the love of God.”
I read that to the team, and they were all filled with so much joy. It reminded us of why we are on this mission. We are here to serve. We are here to show others God’s love. We are here to give youth an opportunity to open themselves up to the Lord. And we are here to do that boldly and fearlessly.
Our team has been focusing a lot on being bold and fearless, as well as trusting God. It doesn’t matter what God throws our way, we are open to taking it on. We are being bold in our ministry.
“Then David said to his son Solomon: ‘Be strong and steadfast, and go to work; do not fear or be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or abandon you before you have completed all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.’” – 1 Chronicles 28:20