The youth just returned back from their mission trip to Red Bird Missions. Red Bird Missions helps aid, assist, and provide ministry to the people who are living in the Application Mountains of Kentucky. During the week, we as a group worked on a total of three homes for people. Our projects included ripping up and putting new flooring in a bathroom and living room, installing a couple cabinets, touching up/finishing painting the outside of a house, fixing a door jam, fixing a door, putting up a gutter, putting down base boards, putting up door frames, and talking to the residents about the importance of clean water.
Throughout the week, we were pushed out of our comfort zones between not having cell service, not having knowledge of how certain tools worked, not knowing what exactly we were supposed to do/how we were supposed to do it, and my personal favorite, not knowing where we were going driving down a very narrow one lane road. It is in these times when we are pushed out of our comfort zones that we see who we can become.
Its painful and scary to be pushed out of your safe place and stretch yourself to new limits that you didn't think you could do. In those moments, God is showing you that you can do more and that you are more than this flesh.
We accomplished so many projects throughout last week because we worked together as a team. Team work makes the dream work. There were times where we had questions and we were able to brainstorm together, make a plan and get the job done. Did we mess up at a couple and at many times of course we did; who doesn't. Even the professional that was helping and guiding us messed up. The mess ups are what helps us grow, not only as a person but as a team. You learn and grow from the what not to do, to learn what you can do.
Tim was our professional that was helping us from Red Bird. He was the one who helped explain how all the tools worked, how to put up the gutter, how to do anything and everything, Tim was there to help. On our first day meeting Tim he informed us to be patient with him throughout this week because he just stopped smoking that morning, so he was being pushed out of his comfort zone. Each morning we continued to encourage him and gave him strength; and every morning he would let us know that he still hadn't smoked. It is with encouragement, love, and prayer we can push ourselves out of our comfort zones.
Your comfort level is only there to be pushed further and further away. With the help and encouragement of friends and with the strength in knowing that you can fail and get right back up to get the job done, know that God is there holding your hand guiding you and encouraging you along the way.
Nicole Grice, Youth Ministry Director