Based on the support from the Pearce family, you would have to have been in a cave the last six months to have missed the fact that the Pearce teens ventured to Romania and Poland over the last 5 weeks. What an adventure this last month has been.
Our first trip to Romania pushed our teen’s way outside their comfort zones. Living with host families who spoke little to no English, working with impoverished Gypsy families, and navigating our way through an unfamiliar country and culture were the tools that God used to demonstrate to us just how big he really is. For most of the team this was their first excursion to Romania, but for some of us this was a return to a home away from home. It was fantastic to reunite with old friends and to make new ones. Having the benefit of having been to Romania before I was amazed at the work and the transformation that has gone on in Sigisora. Buildings are being updated and even the church is expanding, but perhaps what brings the greatest joy is seeing how people are growing in their spiritual walks. God has really moved in the hearts of those folks just as he did with our team.
Our second trip was to Konin Poland where the team was to work with Young Life to run the very first Young Life camp in Poland. While we did accomplish this, God had a whole bunch of other things in mind for us. At mid week over half the camp was taken to the hospital for three days to be treated for a virus. This left us scrambling to cover camp and to figure out what ministry would look like in a formally communist hospital. Again many of us found ourselves outside of our comfort zones, some physically and some because they were thrust into leadership roles they were not prepared for. But just as he did in Romania, God proved to us again that he can’t be put into a box. Our God is huge and he knew what he wanted to accomplish and we felt blessed simply to be a part of it.
After a summer of trips to Seattle (Quiz Team), Algonquin (Discipleship Canoe Trip), Romania, and Poland it is really good to be home and I am ready to get back on to a regular schedule. In the coming weeks we will resume our Sunday Small Groups and our Wednesday Night Teen programs. I look forward to being with students and walking through life together, but my prayer for us this year is that we remember just how big our God is. When we try to put God in a box, we are trying to create God in our own image. God refuses to allow us to do this. He can’t be contained by our limitations. If our students and I can grasp this, we will be so much more effective as ministers of His Gospel.
One last parting thought: Thank you to all who supported all of these trips this summer. Thank you for the way you gave financially, they way you prayed fervently, and for the ways that you encouraged us all both during and after the trips. The Pearce community has shown once again how much they truly love their teens.