Being Ministered To On A Mission Trip
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Have you ever been in a place where you are supposed to be the ‘adult’? You know, you think you are supposed to be the one ‘leading’, the one with all the answers, the one that everyone will look to for answers. As is often the case, when I put myself in that position I am smacked back into reality pretty quickly.
This summer I chaperoned a group of 12 high school students on a mission trip. We traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to work with families, the elderly, daycares, nursing homes and churches that are in need. We cleaned, painted, raked, weeded, sorted and demolished. For four days we worked with our ‘residents’ and by cleaning and painting we were able to give them not only a residence to be proud of but also a new appreciation of their own importance and self worth. We were there not just to renew the paint on the walls but to renew their souls.
For the entirety of the week, while we were ministering to others there was a group of young adults who were ministering to all of us - the 225 campers on this mission trip. They were up earlier than us, preparing breakfast, they led us in prayer, shared their stories, witnessed to us, ensured we had everything that we needed each day to complete our work and finally they went to bed after us.
Thank you Michelle, Brenna, Mark, Ben, Alex, Dom, Chris, Lexi, Steven, Chrissy, Katherine, Anna and Jess. By ministering to us all week you allowed us to minister to our ‘residents’. By ministering to us, you allowed us to minister to the teens and young adults in our care. You called yourself #team7beasts and you were!
There are not enough words to say thank you so this will have to do.
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Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him,and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
John 13:1-17 New International Version (NIV)