Friday, June 16, 2006

Youth Mission Update Friday night (last one!)

"It feels good to be in America," Jerry B. said tonight from Tucumcari, New Mexico. The group got an early start out of Mexico with about an hour to get through the traffic at the border. The trailer was inspected and it took about 30 minutes for them to check out Marcela's (she's our Brazilian exchange student) paperwork.

Tonight the group is hanging out at the pool and hot tub of their hotel, reading the Horizons blog, checking email and their myspace pages.

The theme song for the week has been the Steve Miller Band's Dance, Dance, Dance. Apparently, it has kept everyone rockin' and their spirits high, both generations. Julie B. said they listened to the song all the way to the job site and back. "All day, everyday," she said. Julie is happy to be back in the states but said the trip was a great experience and she has been reminded to appreciate what we have here.

Julie said she and Jen have really bonded. They are in the same HOME group and when Julie first decided to go on the trip, she was the only female and there were only 4 adults. She asked Jen to consider coming along -- she works for the school district and would be on summer break. Julie said Jen decided in less than 24 hours to go.

This was Julie's first trip with the youth group. She wanted to go last year but couldn't. "I thought about it and prayed about it. I felt God was pulling me in this direction."

Jerry said their goal is to start out at 7:30 tomorrow morning and with losing an hour getting into Central Time, they figure they'll get to Lincoln around 8:30 p.m. Tonight's plan is probably another game of Mafia. Jerry said they all played for about three hours the other night and it was a lot of fun.

Real showers. Clean clothes. Pool. Hot tub. Pizza Hut.
Welcome back!


At Saturday, June 17, 2006 11:00:00 PM, Anonymous Julie Berger said...

It's 10:46 p.m. and we haven't been home very long.

As a parent that went as a sponsor and a parent of one of the kids that went, this was truly an amazing experience.

To all of you parents who had kids that ALL have some amazing kids. These kids worked so hard this past week. We worked together as a team in God's spirit and we have so much to be thankful for. All of the parents should be so proud of their kids. No, we didn't do this for the praise and kudos for ourselves, we did this with God in our hearts. God was truly working this past week and I'm thankful to be a part of this glorious work.

I know it was kinda crazy when everyone came to pick up their kids but I wanted to let you know what great kids you all have. I'm sure you're going to hear lots of stories. All I know is that I haven't laughed this hard and felt this much love in a long time. I have 26 new friends that I will cherish forever.

Thanks for making me feel a part of the group gang!

And remember.........hold God strong in your heart, dance like there's no tomorrow and who's your Rice Krispie Momma?

I love you all!

Julie Berger AKA Jubee

At Sunday, June 18, 2006 4:54:00 PM, Blogger Jen said...

What an amazing trip with absolutely exceptional kids. I want to give a big thank you to all the kids. I went on this trip really only knowing Julie B and left feeling part of a community. Thank you for your kindness, your senses of humor and your acceptance of a new member.

I also want to tell all the parents what wonderful young adults you have raised. I was so proud to be a part of such an outstanding group of kids. They were great.

This trip has been such a blessing to me. Thank you to Mark for doing such a great job planning and leading this adventure ( and for introducing me to DCB--I'm hooked!). Thank you to Jerry, the Gart, Mark and Julie for the laughs and the friendship. So many laughs and so many stories. You guys are amazing! And thank you to everyone at Horizons-- we were blessed by your prayers and your unending support.

Some last thoughts to the kids: I pray that you will always keep your servant hearts and be open to God's call in each of your lives!! He has already used you in such an amazing way.

And--Who's your mama of the pringles??

Jen (Basso)

At Tuesday, June 20, 2006 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Jerry B said...

As we walk along through this spiritual journey we have experiences that will stick with us for the rest of our lives. This mission trip will be one of those for me.

I have always wanted to go before but because of job stuff or whatever else, it never worked out. And even the days before we left, I was wondering what I was thinking. I really didn't have the time to do this, but I’m sure glad I did!

I am amazed at how few possessions these people have and yet find their happiness more in each other. I also found there was great joy in serving someone else in such a way that will change their world. It was such an exciting moment when they were handed the keys to their home.

As for the kids and leaders that went on this trip… I love each and every one of you. I too, like Julie, feel like I have 26 new really good friends. I also want to thank each of you for accepting me into the group, even though you can read my face so well and tell when I'm lying playing mafia. I still want to play.

Mark, Gart, Julie, and Jen - thanks for all your hard work, energy and all the laughs. You guys will always be special to me!

Love ya all, Jerry


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