January 16, 2019

Clearview - Reflections

Clearview 2019 HANDS Team:

Our journey home started on Saturday morning in Nicaragua, included a 10 hour stop over in the airport in Mexico City and an overnight flight to Toronto.  The need for a daylight departure and the long stopover were reminders that although we felt safe and well looked after, this country we have grown to love is still in need of prayer and restoration.  

I am filled with gratitude as I reflect back on the trip.  The team worked well together and we learned from each other.  I am thankful that we stayed healthy and free of injury.  My heart is full as I think about all the people that we met and worked alongside.  I am so thankful for the prayers and concern that we received from our church, family and friends.   

Our theme verse for the trip was  1Peter 1:22b which says "love deeply, from the heart".  And the people we met made this very easy.  They were hospitable and friendly and it didn't take long before we were sharing laughs and making connections despite our language barriers.  We also had the privilege of hearing the life stories of those we interacted with.  We heard real-life accounts of how Jesus protected refugee children and watched over isolated and injured soldiers. These stories deepened our friendship and grew our love for one another.  As well we met with those who worked alongside our youth, who fed and loved them when they were so far from home.  I can't forget the growth of friendships within our group. Tying rebar and digging holes give you lots of opportunity to learn who can make the best animal sound or hear about the best family vacation ever.  It also gives you an opportunity to hear about struggles and heartaches.  And pray with someone who is mourning.    I have heard it said that when you go on a mission trip you get more out of it then you give.  And for me this was true.  I went in expecting to share the love of Jesus and I did, but I returned knowing in a deeper way His love for me.  

I have a feeling that this won't be our last ClearView HANDS trip.  So if our story has inspired you at all please ask the Lord if he will send you next time. 



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