There is an interesting group of feelings you get when you approach the end of an adventure like the one we’ve had at the Hollins church. It is a group of emotions that stretches from one side of your heart to the other.
You cannot help to be a little excited about returning to the normalcy of home. The day-to-day activities that are often considered humdrum and routine when contrasted with the dawn-to-dusk, every minute accounted for, agenda that encompasses a major event like our University Church of Christ family mission trip. It will feel a little strange, but returning to work will be exciting in its own right. I’m sure I will rethink this statement in a couple of weeks.
The next emotion is sadness. I have grown to love my church family. We have spent many hours together and you can’t help but grow closer to those you must depend on. We are a big machine and every part is needed. Every part is valuable. It will be sad to leave these close quarters of spiritual battle and return to the “see you Sunday night” familiarity of our everyday Christian lives. God forbid that we forget this closeness.
Just behind sadness, there is pride. When you step back and look at what we’ve accomplished in such a short time — the total transformation of the Hollins Church of Christ into a top notch Vacation Bible School, there is a sense of pride. Not the haughty pride that accompanies vain boasting, but the humbling pride when looking into the eyes young children who might be stepping inside a church building for the first time. It is for them that we labor and are proud to make their first visit memorable.
Finally, there is peace. The peace that comes by knowing you have done the right thing. You have prayed for the strength to be a servant to others. You have asked God to help you be a good influence to those around you. You have requested the wisdom needed to reach those that need His word the most. And He has answered. This peace is talked about in Philippians 4:5-7. “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Every remembrance of this trip will be like a sweet savour. Everyone we come in contact with should know how this mission trip has affected us. And with each face I see, from those who worked beside me, will hold a story I will treasure for the rest of my life.
God continue to bless the University Church of Christ.