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Goodbye comfort zone.

Last month, a team of our students boarded a plane to New Mexico.  Only sure of one thing:  God was leading them out of their comfort zone.  Patrick Webb (our Jr High Director)  led the UO missions team and shares about the experience as a guest blogger on Connection Section.

Patrick writes, “After spending a week with 14 of our students amidst the scorching heat of the New Mexico desert I realized what a blessed people we are. The Navajo people in most part do not have running water and some are still without electricity. These everyday amenities we take for granted are still yet a dream to this group of people. As we spent time talking with the local people and Pastors I realized one thing, God was still the same. No matter what situation we find ourselves in throughout life God wants to have a relationship with His people. He doesn’t look at our circumstances, he looks directly into our hearts. If we are willing to give Him everything we have He will tremendously bless us with His grace and mercy.
 
What I love about mission’s trips is getting away from our normal everyday lives and experiencing God in a new way. The students that went I know have been changed, not only their outlook on life and how they appreciate everything that we have but their relationship with God has changed. They experienced the Father’s love in a new and refreshing way. Seeing God change the student’s hearts quickly reminded me of why He called me to Youth Ministry.
 
The students have realized that although they experienced God in a new way on the Navajo Reservation, they can experience God in that same way right here.  My hope is that the students who were not able to attend the trip will be able to get a glimpse of what God did and that they can be challenged and hopefully grow closer to Him.

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