Students Acting Out Their Faith
This summer, middle school students from HP Pres traveled to Austin, Texas to serve alongside Group Mission Trips. Over a four-day period, students served in adult programs, homeless and veteran ministries, food banks, kids’ programs, and much more. They “got to serve and worship Jesus while learning how other people live and some amazing things that people have gone through” (Audrey, 7th grade).
As believers, we each have a part to play in making the world a better place. This week students “learned that God put you on this earth for a reason” (Kayla, 8th grade). By serving others, the students put their faith in action and learned that the smallest act of kindness can change someone’s life.
To grow in our faith, we also need time to be still and connect with other believers. Throughout the week, leaders made a point to give the students time to connect and reflect on the work they did. Although it was a busy week, they “were still able to come together and talk about how God is working in [them] and being able to do it in a smaller group was a blessing” for many of the students (Kayla, 8th).
The lasting experiences and relationships on this outreach trip were foundational for each member of the group. Over just a few days students learned that “we can do what Jesus calls us to do. We can always take the opportunity to do a simple act of kindness or helpfulness that could make someone happy” (Audrey, 7th grade). God’s love isn’t complicated, and everyone can receive it by simply accepting his call on our lives!