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IMPACT Justice Team Blog #3

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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.

 

Ice cream was the perfect celebration of the time we spent with these strong, beautiful girls. Even with the never-ending bowls of sugar as a distraction, the goodbyes were just as hard as I thought they would be. Though we only spent four days at Streetlight, it was impossible to not to create a bond with them. We hugged, said goodbye and started our journey back home.

 

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’ heart, but on my own. Saturday was a day that will stay close with me for that very reason. Danielle mentioned in her day two blog that I shared a devotional over the belt of truth and what God wants the girls to believe about themselves. They are beautiful, loved, cherished, worthy, clean, forgiven, and so many other truths. I so badly want them to take this truth to heart. Little did I know that God also was wanting me to continue taking those truths to heart. I found myself opening up and being vulnerable with them about my own struggles with things in life, the lies I used to believe, and the truths I have been taking to heart over the last two years. This was not only a moment of growth for the girls hopefully, but in God’s amazing ways He was helping me grow as well.

 

This I believe is something that we all can take away from this past weekend. Our worth in God’s eyes in absolutely amazing. Even on our worst days, we are worth more to God than the most precious gems on the earth. The hard part about that statement is believing it. Too many times we let Satan creep in with the lies he tries feeding us. Never forget your WORTH to God, you are LOVED, CHERISHED, FORGIVEN, A NEW CREATION.

 

Please join with us in continuing to pray for these dear girls and their journey to restoration.

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