Last year as a high school senior, I participated in a small missions weekend called DNow! or Discipleship Now! I really enjoyed attending the weekend and learned a lot about myself, missions, and especially the Lord. So when my home church’s youth director was looking for young adult leaders, I volunteered to help. I was assigned to co-lead a group of around 6 girls and spent time with them during small group sessions. It was a wonderful experience learning who I am as a leader and I definitely grew a little bit in my faith and leadership abilities. There was also time for a missions project per group and lots of worship hosted by the Liberty Flames band “Revive.”
My missions project was helping in the community garden at Nimmo UMC by weeding, raking, and planting. I was hot, tired, and sunburnt by the end of the day, but I truly felt like I had left an impact on the community. The garden grew and distributed about 2,000 pounds of fresh fruit and veggies to the Hampton Roads community. I believe that our time, though it be just a few hours, can help them grow and distribute more than 2,000 pounds this year and I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for the Community Garden.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the weekend, but I knew the Lord would use me to glorify him in some capacity and I truly feel like he did that. I believe that my small group helped the Spirit to show up and move in me as I led because of how faithful they are. It was an eye-opening and fun weekend of time spent with Christ and my brothers and sisters in Christ. Hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity to do it again.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” – Philippians 4:13