My 11 year old daughter is presently in Washington DC on a short term missions trip with about twelve other 11 and 12 year old children. Please pray for them as they serve the Lord and learn about missions. Here is their third report:
Thank you for your prayers! We've had so many blessings from the Lord this week that only Nic & I recognize because this is our 6th year doing this particular trip. Yes, we've had low humidity, no traveling problems, wonderful wonderful accommodations, got lost only once and that was only for a few minutes (No Nic, let's not try Hwy 29 for a shortcut!) We've had favor regarding the Capitol tour tomorrow as the one we had scheduled was canceled due to a funeral.(Sen Warner's office) Thankfully, Sen. Webb's office was able to schedule a tour for us! Amazing!
No one has blisters, sunburns or any other visible problems. There is some homesickness (of course) and some grumbling. It's pretty safe to say most of these kids have never worked hard for 5 hours three days in a row. They're tired but right now very excited seeing the end of our third day. Many have expressed amazement that their parents work 8+ hours a day! Wow!
They appreciate you more!
Last night our time at the Homeless Women's shelter was very sweet. The ladies received the children enthusiastically. They played a couple of songs on our handbells, did a skit about being rejected by 'friends' or the world and Nic showed them the gospel doll presentation and talked about Jesus, the healer of broken hearts. We got a chance to visit with and pray with many of the ladies and of course they were delighted to receive the blessing bags. Thank you to all of you who helped us gather the items to put in them.
Today we're wrapping up our last hour at SHARE and then driving to Arlington Cemetery for reports at the Lee-Custis House and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Dinner at Taco Bell in Arlington and then a evening stop at the Jefferson Memorial. Tonight we'll all be in bed by 10pm as we have a very early start tomorrow. We have to be at the White House ready to go in at
Again, thank you for praying for us. We're spending a lot of time trying to teach them some important life lessons along the way...........only using edifying words, obeying your leaders, not grumbling, doing your best whatever you're doing, being extra careful in public restrooms, putting others before yourself .............the list goes on.
We pray that this time spent with us in our nation's capital will be life changing in many ways. One thing for sure.......we can't do this in our own strength. Keep on prayin'!
No reports tomorrow or Friday as we'll be out & away from a computer both days.
Blessed to be a blessing,
Pastor Cheryl, Nic and Margarita
and YOUR DC Missions Team 2007