Every night our entire group meets to talk about how the day went and to go over tomorrow's schedule. The question we use to think about how our day went is, "Where did you see God today?" I love this question because its helps us to see God in our everyday experiences.
Here is a sampling of how the group saw God on Tuesday:
In the gratitude of the woman whose house we painted, in giving piggy back rides to little kids, in the woman who made us Zuni flatbread for our dinner, in the willingness of our high school students to help out when needed, iin our morning run, in the Christlike attitude of the woman who came to clean the building, in nature, in the energy and smiles of children, in God's creatures, in singing "Oh, happy day" at Kid's Club, in our work in the drama group for Kid's Club, in the love and trust of little children, in the leadership of our students, in kid's who aren't afraid to learn something new, in the testimony of the woman we served, in the attitude of our group, in playing parachute games with kids at Kid's Club.
Answers like these are why I love mission trips. Getting out of our normal routine and away from everyday distrations creates an opportunity for a lot of growth in a short time. I can see that many members of our team are learning to see how God works in so many ways in our lives throughout the day. I love how diverse the answers of the group are every night when I ask this question. I have been blessed to see a lot of students and leaders (including myself) grow on this trip, learn new things and discover God given gifts they did not know they had before.
Above: Our team was split into 6 groups at the start of our trip to help with meals and devotions. Each group leads one devotion time on a topic of their choosing each morning. T&J's group led a devotion on the songs that creation sings to God.
Below: We have 25-30 kids come to our Kid's Club on any given day. Some of them are very familiar with the songs we sing and our stories while others are hearing the Gospel for the first time. Our story today was Jonah. The kids learned that God can use anyone to call people into relationship with Him and that God can call us to do hard things like preach the Gospel to the people of Ninevah.
Below: Each Kid's Club starts with an ice breaker game. Jason leads the group in Red light, Green light. The kids really got a kick out of playing this game.
Below: A wonderful servant of God (whose name I am withholding) came and blessed us by making Zuni Fry Bread which we used to make the best tacos that I have ever eaten.
Below: After dinner we visited a local trading post where many members of our group purchased souvenirs. There was some incredibly beautiful tourquoise jewelery, Zuni pottery and paintings for sale. All these items are hand made by skilled artists.
Below: We ended our day with a hike around another nearby Mesa. The sky really is different down here and there is natural beauty everywhere we look.