Today our students got to be college students for a day as we had a campus visit at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. We got to eat in the cafeteria, we got a campus tour, met with some college students to ask questions, and got to hang out on campus for a while. We also got to hang out with Caitie again (last summer’s intern) since she is a student here.
After dinner we went to our last service project called “Feed the Vern”. Feed the Vern is a non-profit that gives out food bags to elementary school kids on Fridays at schools so that they will have food over the weekend. These kids get meals throughout the week at school, but don’t have food for the weekends. This ministry helps make it possible for kids to have food all weekend as well. Our group packed over 400 bags which is enough for the rest of the school year.
Every night of the trip we have group time where we share stories and God Moments from the day, and then the students spend some quiet time journaling about their experiences. Tonight we had an extended time as we shared about the entire week, and ways that we can “Continue the Adventure” when we get home. I (Pastor Derek) encourage all parents to ask their teenagers about their experiences this week (although you may want to wait a day or two for them to rest before you barrage them with questions).
Tomorrow is a travel day, and so this will be the last daily recap. I (Pastor Derek) want to say before I wrap up that you should be very proud of our students. They all had such a sweet attitude and worked hard all week. This has been one of the best groups that I have ever had the privilege to lead on a Missions Road Trip.
We will be heading out early tomorrow morning and we plan on arriving back at LNC by 6:30pm.
Here are a few other pictures from today: