Thursday, September 14
Our granddaughter Jana went to Europe in July on a backpacking mission trip with Live 10:27 Ministries. We were invited to join her, Jere and Kristen at the ministry banquet at Calvary Church, Lancaster.
Earlier in the day I was surprised to notice this pretty gift bag inside our garage.
Inside was a corsage and boutonniere. I thought maybe they came from Jere and Kristen because they were the only ones who knew we were going to the banquet – and it was our wedding anniversary.
Jere said no, but call Dad. Jere knew about it because Cerwin called him from Maine before placing the order.
Since we were going to the banquet, he thought it would be fun for both of us to have a corsage. 🙂
I love the photo bomber in this photo. 🙂
A table setting
Sandy (Sanford) Good – Jana’s team leader – Jana, Kristen, and Jere
Not sure why they were hugging, but I liked it.
I was surprised to discover that the young man sitting next to me was a teacher from Greenwood Mennonite School and knew Daniel and MaryAnn Yutzy and Mark and Polly Yoder – blog/Facebook friends of ours.
There was a note at each place setting – with short testimonies from this or a previous trip.
The evening program
I think this was preparation for speaking.
The July team
Welcome – Mr. Bill Arnold, Board Chair
Prayer – Mr. Mark Strunk, Board Member
Special Music – Emerald Peters, former student/friend
“Lord, take me where my trust is without borders.”
Jana was the first speaker from the July Team.
Talking to two girls in Belgium. The purpose for beginning conversations with people on this mission trip is to make them think about life and God. She said one of these girls was an atheist.
“God is loudest when I am quiet.”
(She is now in South Africa to serve a six-month term with Youth With a Mission. She will train with her team for three months and at this time it looks like she will be going to the country of Jordan – her first choice – for three months.)
Kristen and Jere listening to Jana
This may have been when Jana said, “I think I should have listened to my dad and written a few notes.” 🙂
Tyler Warfel, teacher at Greenwood Mennonite School, shared how Dr. Good has impacted the school.
Sarah Eby, July Team Member
“I will never forget what I learned on this trip.”
Brook Nissley, July Team Member
“The trip was far better than I expected.”
Sandy Good, Program Director
The team members who were able to attend the banquet.
They were each asked about their favorite thing about the trip and the least favorite. They also demonstrated a few things that happened on the trip – like how someone was in charge of counting the number of people to make sure everyone was there when leaving for a new area.
“Always keep your word.”
If you promise someone that you will send them something from the United States when you get home – Do It!
Mr. Tom Ponessa, former student, friend, investor – T.W. Ponessa & Associates.
Mr. Tim Wentworth, Board member, told us about the financial needs of Live 10:27 Ministries before the freewill offering.
One thing that impacted me from the team members who shared about their July backpacking trip – It was a life-changing experience.
Because it was our anniversary, Mrs. Good gave us a beautiful centerpiece.