Today was our first day with the campers. The football and baseball coaches met their players; some experienced some not. English teachers met their students and determined their ability to speak and use the English language. These first meetings can be awkward and scary for both camper and teacher/coach alike.

Slowly you take your first steps and trust that everything is going to be okay. As we prepared for our trip to Hungary God reminded me often of Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. With this in mind you take the next step, and there is eye contact; then the next step and there is a smile; then the next, laughter. The connection is made and you move on to the next thing; acceptance, a bond, and then you are well on your way. This may take a few minutes, but for some a little longer. But it happens, just like that, and you begin to understand why you are here. Why you put in all the months of effort and sacrifice; Yes, to share the gospel ( I mean it is a mission trip, right?), but it is so much more! God invites you to take a look into His heart and to see the love that He has for us all!

He is at work in ways we cannot imagine, and we get to be a part of what He is doing! Yeah, I think that sums up today pretty well.

Gail Rodgers

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