This past weekend, youth of Journey Church embarked on a mission to serve people in need in Bland, VA. Our plan was to depart on Friday night, dedicate our time to service on Saturday and Sunday, and then enjoy a well-deserved day of fun at Winterplace Ski Resort as a reward for our hard work.
The core of our mission revolved around the Bland Ministry Center, where we worked in the food warehouse and in the clothing closet. Our objective was clear: to embody the teachings of Jesus by assisting the less fortunate in the Appalachian region. Our students took on special assignments, including cleaning and painting, actively serving people in that community.
At Journey, we take the call to serve “the least of these”, as Jesus said, seriously, recognizing that our actions are not just obedience to the Lord's commandments but also a way of serving Him through serving others.
Throughout the weekend, our students didn't merely work together; they also participated in devotionals, sang praises, and enjoyed games and laughter. It was more than a mission trip; it was a shared experience where faith and fellowship intertwined.
Despite unexpected challenges, such as the cancellation of our ski trip due to inclement weather, the resilience of the youth shone brightly. Surprisingly, not a single negative comment was made when the decision was made to cancel the resort day. Instead, they continued to serve diligently, understanding that their sacrifice was part of a greater purpose.
One touching moment highlighted the depth of their commitment – a student shared that as he prepared each box of groceries, he prayed for the individuals who would receive them. This simple act of kindness showcased the genuine compassion and empathy that fueled their efforts.
I am incredibly proud of our students at Journey. Their dedication, hard work, and unwavering positive attitude left an indelible mark on the staff at the Bland Ministry Center. Dee Dee, the ministry director, expressed how their staff genuinely looks forward to our students' visits and is always amazed at the amount of work accomplished in such a short time.
I am genuinely grateful for the continued generous support that makes mission trips like this possible. Your faithful giving enables impactful weekends like this one, providing our students with the opportunity to embody Jesus' teachings in a tangible and meaningful way.