Headed Home – Sorta
Looking down at my watch and then back at my boarding pass it became clear that we would not be making our connecting flight. The first leg of our journey home had been delayed 30 minutes due to air traffic. After sitting on the tarmac for two hours our group had accepted the fact that we would probably remain in East Asia for a little while longer. After landing and sprinting through the terminal we arrived at the check-in counter as our plane ride back to the states had just taken off. Disappointed but determined that God was not done with us yet our leaders quickly sprung into action securing us the next available flights and a place to sleep for two more nights. What impressed me the most was how our group responded to the adversity. No complaint was heard, rather quite the contrary. A buzz rang out among the group that since we would remain here for another two days it would give us a chance to visit the Great Wall. It was also spoken that maybe God wasn’t quite finished with us in East Asia yet. What a perfect way to end the trip. The opportunity to see one of the seven wonders of the world, and to continue to show God’s love in East Asia. I don’t even know where to begin my story of what God has done through and within our group on this trip. I know personally that these past 10 days have been an opportunity to refocus and shed distractions that so easily entangle us in everyday life. Just before I left for China, one of my best friends Tyson Lee, shared a verse with me that has become my life verse during this trip. It’s found in Acts 20:24. Luke writes “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” These past 10 days has allowed me to focus in on the most important task and calling of being a believer, sharing the good news of Jesus. I can’t thank my parents, the Fairview family, and our entire team for their love and support during this trip. The opportunity to be the hands and feet is something that I encourage everyone who has the chance to go and do. God will show up and use you and you will be blessed in so many ways. Thank you again to the Fairview family for the support you give to mission teams, which allow us to spread the good news to people groups who have never heard the gospel.