Hello again from Team 9!

We are currently in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Since leaving the NET Center at the beginning of the month, we have spent time doing retreats in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Being from California, I’m slightly shocked at how COLD it is! Honestly, I don’t think my body knew what to do when I stepped out into -15° weather. Half of my team felt the same way, considering we have never experienced that in our lives. But that is one of the beauties of NET: the opportunity to experience things we would never have experienced otherwise.

Our team has gone through a lot this past month. From losing a team member and gaining a new one, to retreats that did not go as planned, to losing 3 men for a week, it has been a wild ride. But one thing our team has gained through all of these events is an immense amount of trust. Our team would have never expected any of these things to happen. They were completely out of our control. But they were completely in God’s control.

When 3 out of 5 men on our team got sick, our team didn’t know what we were going to do: until Elise came to the team and told us that Ryan, our supervisor, and two men from the home team were coming to help us out! Sounds of excitement filled the room, and our team was relieved by the fact that we wouldn’t have to do an overnight retreat or a middle school retreat of 70  students with only 2 men. Those two retreats were amazing. Christian and Tony were so willing to do whatever was asked of them. Our team is so grateful for their willingness. We had no doubts that the Lord would work. He provided us with the help that we needed.

Had we been any further away, we would not have been able to receive the amount of help that we needed. The fact that we were able to be joined by 3 other men for the weekend is incredible. I think about other teams and how some are down south or on opposite coasts, and how our team just so happened to be in Wisconsin when all of this happened. I am in awe of how the Lord knows exactly what is going on at all times. God knew that we would need help at that time, so He put us in a place where we could receive that help.

“Now it is abandonment alone which guides me. I have no other compass.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux
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