I'm sitting in my athletic office at school currently, trying to figure out how I can wrap up our trip to Streetlight USA in just one blog post. The last four days were a whirlwind of emotions that honestly haven’t hit me fully yet. I’m humbled and grateful for the many God-filled moments that happened during the time we spent with those young girls.
Before I continue with our wrap up, I want to share about our final day in Arizona. Sunday morning, we were able to attend church with the girls. The advocates had told us the day before that this church had around 25,000 people. We thought that with their multiple campuses around Arizona, that this church couldn’t be that big. Boy, were we wrong! We couldn’t help but walk through the campus with our mouths agape at the enormity of it all and with each step we were getting more and more excited to worship with the girls! The service provided many moving moments: watching the girls lift their hands in praise during worship, them holding our hands during prayer, or seeing them take notes during the sermon. We walked out of that sanctuary with joyful tears, full of hope that God is moving in their hearts.
Finally, we capped off the day at Streetlight with our last devotional, craft, and a farewell ice cream party. Katie did a phenomenal job with her devotional, speaking on John 15:9-15 and Luke 19:1-10. Love was the key word we wanted to focus on that day. God’s love for the girls, but also His command for them to love others. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13 NIV). Katie came up with an awesome idea for the girls to make bracelets that would remind them of God’s love that surrounds them and how we’re called to love others too. It was so fun watching the girls express their creativity.
Like I said earlier, overall this has been a moving and emotional trip for us. I am still working to process what God has wanted me to learn from this experience. One thing I know is that He was not only working on the girls’
This I believe is something that we all can take away from this past weekend. Our worth in God’s eyes