A team of high-schoolers from Xenos is back from a missions trip to the Dayton area. High-school junior Yara Moret gives us her impression of the experience:
July 29-August 4, 2018 was the best week of my life.
Every day I woke up and prayed for patience and energy. Everyday God gave me that and so much more. He gave me love for the "troublesome" kids. He gave me excitement for sports, which I loathe entirely. He gave me verses that applied to each day. He showed me where I could help and gave me the strength to follow through. He kept me from getting migraines because I forgot to drink water all day (oops) and didn’t eat a lot. One of the coolest things the Lord did was show me how much He has changed me.
At Epic one of my leaders wrote an encouragement note, saying how much he’d seen God change me. I wanted to agree with him but couldn’t think of anything that had changed at all. I still felt the same, still seemed to be struggling with the same things, and couldn’t see how God had changed me. But on this trip, God made those changes very clear. One of the trip leaders described me as “chill and upbeat.” That is not at all who I was three months ago. I struggle with anxieties about everything and rarely would anyone say that I was upbeat. It was super encouraging and an amazing testament to God’s power.
Another thing I prayed for was unity for the team. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to love certain people. And I felt awkward about making friends with all the girls. God came through in this regard way more than I could’ve hoped. The friendships I made with the girls, including the leaders, were incredible. We became so closely knit because of serving with each other (talking about boys, doing face masks and having dance parties definitely helped!). There was also cool unity between the guys and the girls. Staying up too late listening to Soulja Boy and old Taylor Swift played a big role, but hearing everyone’s testimonies was the most unifying. Listening to how God had pursued and grown everyone on the team was incredible. The biggest contributor to our unity though, was the fact that we all had the same goal and were powered by the same Spirit.
Just because I’m no longer in Xenia doesn’t mean I have stopped praying. I pray for Calvin. I pray for continued excitement about the gospel for the kids that went to the camp. I pray for parents to come into a relationship with the Lord and get connected with a church. I pray for the other people on the missions team who I got to work with. And I pray that other high schoolers get to experience God’s amazing power like I did.