Van Log, Day ???: Time has stopped we have no clue what we are doing. The end.
On a more serious note: NET Team 7 is currently in Missouri and it has been a wonderful experience!
“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God, for the administration of this public service is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:10-12
As our team has been travelling for a month putting on retreats, we have found this verse to really describe road life. We are ecstatic to be serving this year and have found that the more we invest and pour ourselves into our ministry, the more God is rewarding us and showing us the fruits of this work. From retreats to host homes, we have been blessed to see and hear exactly how God is working in so many different people’s lives across all the parishes we have been to. We have been welcomed and had everything from food to fun provided for us over and over again; we can only rejoice in God’s deep love.
Our team has enjoyed getting to know each other so much and are really excited to continue to intentionally grow in friendship. Road life for us has brought so much joy and growth in every way. As we have been travelling we have developed certain prayers that we feel really bond us as a team. When we pray together, we have incorporated certain prayers as well as asking for certain saints’ intercession; we noticed that almost every parish we have had a retreat at displays images of St. Michael the Archangel and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since they seem to be helping us and working in our spiritual lives, we named them are our patron saints. We ask for their intercessory prayer and we are getting ready to consecrate ourselves to Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. This has been a wonderful constant, along with many parishes affirming us on the joy and love that we show to everyone. We have felt so grateful to know this, and pray that we may continue to live rejoicing.
On retreats, it has been fun to step back and witness God working through everyone on the team, and also through the retreatants. We were blessed to be able to go to a middle school where the retreatants brought their own Bibles, showed excitement and readiness from the very beginning, and delved deep into every part of the retreat. While the entire team sees God working in some way on every retreat, this particular school caused our jaws to drop. The middle schoolers listened very attentively to the talks, invested in small groups, and took great initiative to pray with Scripture and with the NET team. Some responses from the retreatants were:
“NET impacted me by teaching me how to pray and invite God into my life.” -Nora, 11
“The prayer service drew me closer to God. Especially the song we sang ‘Good Good Father’.” – Tommy, 11
“My favorite part of NET was small groups, and our ending silence. In small groups I got to experience more of Jesus through me and other people. During the end I had a chance to get prayer ministry and pray with God. My experience was great.” – Maddie, 11
Our host homes have been nothing but generous. God has really shown Himself to us in our hosts. If we start missing our family or friends, we end up staying with someone who reminds us of them. One high schooler’s family hosted two of our teammates, and he asked to come along to team prayer because he was so greatly impacted by his NET retreat last year. Caleb ended up staying with the team from the start of the day to the end; from team prayer to retreat clean up. Caleb enjoyed team prayer and brought so much joy to us as a team. He just walked with us that day, laughed, prayed, and shared his life goals. Caleb even joined in on team jokes. He inspired us as a team to continue to minister to the best of our abilities. He even emailed us later that night expressing the joy he received from spending the day with us.
We have felt extremely blessed for all the graces God is providing for us. Please pray for us as we continue on this journey that we may be joyful in doing God’s will!
God bless you all,
NET Team 7