20 Hours. 20 hours until we are sitting on our plane. After spending the whole summer together, it is always breathtaking how quickly the end comes. As much as we attempt to prepare ourselves to say goodbye, it is inevitable that we will be standing shell shocked with a lump in our throats at the baggage claim in Chicago as we watch members of our family walk out the door and our summer abruptly comes to a close.
Looking back, I think I can confidently share that we all are filled with a sense of gratitude for this summer. Gratitude for God’s faithfulness and all that he has taught and brought us through this summer. For our time in Portugal with the Word of Life crew. Our time in Spain joining with the youth group from Immanuel Baptist Church to expand the kingdom in Madrid. For our time here in Israel, as we have spoken and loved on so many people from so many backgrounds who need the Father’s love so much.
The last few days here in Jaffa have been a sweet time of wrapping up the summer with our team. We had a day of silence, as our students reflected back on their summer in prayer and solitude. We walked through the various debriefing teachings, brainstorming and preparing how we go home and apply what we have learned this summer. We spent time at the beach, playing together and soaking up time with each other. We wrapped up our summer-long manuscript Bible study in Mark, which has left such a great impact on all of us as we have encountered Jesus in new and impacting ways. This brings us to these last 20 hours, which will be filled with cleaning, packing, and organizing. Tonight, we head to the airport at 11 pm, where we will settle in and attempt to get a little bit of sleep before our flight at 6 am tomorrow morning. But before we head to the airport, we will have our last organized time together as a family. This will include worship, communion, and foot washing. I have no doubt that this will be a special time, and a hard one at that, as we celebrate for the last time with this particular expression of the Body of Christ.
As a trip leader, I anticipate this goodbye with this team will be especially tough. Tough because I love this team so much. This is truly a great team full of really incredible young people. You never know what you are going to get with a team. Believe me, not all are created equal. But this one is special. I am going to miss their enthusiasm, their curiosity, their willingness to do anything, their goofiness, their heart for Jesus and His kingdom, and most of all, their love for each other. It is emotional for me to reflect on how blessed we have been this summer to have the chance to travel with this team. This one is really gonna hurt.
Pray for us tonight as we meet one last time. Pray for closure for our relationships as we go our separate ways. Pray for us as we seek to come home in God honoring ways. Pray for us we transition one last time!
See you all very soon.
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