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Wind River: Expectations vs. Reality

I'm currently on the last day of my first mission trip ever and I'm feeling both exhausted and sad about the trip ending. Coming into this trip, I expected to do the work then come back to my West County lifestyle wearing an "I went on a mission trip, please praise me" t-shirt. Yes, I've heard and read testimonials about life-altering trips, but it all seemed very Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love to me. 

 

I didn't feel God using me as His hands and feet until our first day of VBS here. Through the prepping and planning of the first few days I was homesick and felt like I wasn't making a difference.  However, on Tuesday I had the opportunity to ride in the van to pick up children to take to church. While driving through the reservation and seeing the damaged and poverty-stricken homes, I started to think about my own childhood. I grew up incredibly blessed and I don't know why God gave me this life, but didn't give that to these kids. We picked up our first girl and she ran straight out of her home and jumped into the van with the biggest smile on her face. That's when I started to realize that God didn't put them in this situation because of luck, He did it because He knew they are strong enough to still excitedly run into church despite their circumstances.  

 

Through the two days of VBS, I started to create relationships with the kids that I'll continue to pursue. It's hard to remember that even though it's heartbreaking to dance with a 5 year old at VBS when you know that when they leave that church they're returning to abuse and injustice, God has a plan. 

 

Sitting here on our last day of the mission, that is something I have to continually remind myself; God has a plan for these kids even though I don't know it, our mission team doesn't know it, and the kids don't know it, it's there. I hope I have made even the slightest impact on a child and let them see that there is good in the world and that good comes from God. If that message didn't stick with them, then I hope that they had at least two days out of a year that weren't filled with fear, but were overflowing with God's love. 

 

So my expectations were much different from the reality. These are the times when I look at myself and tell myself to not be so pessimistic. If not for that pessimism, though, I wouldn't have had such an incredible revelation. 

 

I thank God for this extraordinary trip, for the remarkable kids that spent VBS with us, and for the gift of cynicism that allowed me to connect with Wind River in only a way He can provide. 

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Wednesday in Wyoming

Wyoming girl

 

Today was day two of VBS at Wind River Mission and the fourth day of my first mission trip experience.  Let me start by saying that I am exhausted!  This exhaustion comes from a number of sources; the early rise and non stop days are the first things that come to mind! With me as a newbie on this trip, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about how "things" work at Wind River and how I can contribute to the work that our team is doing here.  Overall, I feel confident with the level of my work performance.  I hope my team feels the same way.  With so many tasks to complete and details to attend to it would be easy to say that the measure of our success would come from how many boxes we can check off at the end of the day.  Did we have all the materials ready?  Did we remember to buy the right amount of supplies?  Did we remember to go to the right VBS station activity?  Were we running on time?  The list goes on and on. 

 

However, at the end of the day, it's not these things that matter the most. Many children here at Wind River Reservation are facing family situations that involve drug and alcohol abuse, neglect, and much worse. God has called our team to minister to these children and teach them about the hope they have in Jesus.  This mission is much bigger than any one member of our team can accomplish.  It is even bigger than what our whole team is capable of accomplishing.  It is NOT bigger than our God though, and He has shown up in BIG ways this week.  During our VBS Bible Story times, we have tried to place upon the hearts of these children that God truly loves and cares for them.  In fact He loves them SO MUCH that His only Son, Jesus died for them.  As these children leave VBS each day and return to their homes, I pray that they have the confidence of God's love tucked into their hearts. I pray that they have felt God's loving hand on them.  

 

- Theresa Peters

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