Greetings again from hot and dry Las Vegas, Nevada! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here for 5 days already! Time does fly when you’re having fun, but I think it also goes by fast when you’re feeling loved and showing love to others! That has been the overarching thing for me is how much our students love has grown. Their love for God, their love for one another and their love for others who they just met and probably will never see again.
God has been so good this week and there’s simply too much to discuss in a few posts! Up next is our Grand Canyon portion of the trip and I know everyone is sad to be leaving new friends (brothers and sisters in Jesus), but are excited to rest and relax with one another and connect with God.
I’m excited to post some stories from our students in the morning before we leave! Until then, let me leave you with a highlight of the night for me personally.
Casey Stanko, one of our Juniors, got up in front of all 90 students and their leaders from churches in Colorado, Oregon and LA and shared his “God sighting”. This is a term that we’ve been using all week here that pushes students to look for God in others and in their projects to see where He is working! It’s been amazing and more to come with these as we wrap up and into next week after we return.
But, Casey, got up and shared that how his God-sighting has been something that has been occuring over the past 3 1/2 years. His God-sighting was for Adam and David Boddy and their family! Adam and Dave, are a special part of our student ministry! Adam and David are autistic twins and their wonderful parents are Bill and Helen Boddy! I can honestly, say that it is true joy having them be an important part to our group and our students absolutely love them! This was their 2nd time being away on a trip by themselves and I agree with Casey that I see God everytime I look at Adam and David, and Bill and Helen! They are truly some of the most humble and loving people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with!
To hear Casey’s heart for them and to see how it’s impacted both the Boddy’s and Casey’s life is an on-going God sighting for all to see!
My heart is full and I’m honored to be the pastor to this group of students!
More to come in the morning!