(Editor’s note: God has often used young people to spread his message. In 2 Kings 5, a young girl from Israel who had been taken captive by the Syrians was a maid who served the wife of Naaman, the captain of the host of king of Syria. She told Naaman’s wife if her husband went to God’s prophet, he would be healed of his leprosy. Naaman did go to Elisha, and although he rebelled at first against the message he heard, because he thought it was too simple, he eventually heeded, and God did heal him of his disease.
Trinity’s own Lauren Abate was a young person who went this year on a mission trip to Puerto Rico with the youth group from Findlay Evangelical Free Church, under the authority of Score International to share her faith by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and serving the local people. In the following letter to those who supported her in prayer and financially, including supporters from Trinity Baptist Church, Lauren thanked them.)
My Mission Trip to Puerto Rico
I wanted to take the opportunity and thank you for making it possible for me to go to Puerto Rico this summer and be able to reach out and touch the lives of the individuals that we met.
We got the opportunity to reach out into the community of San Juan to encourage, love, and share the gospel with many different age groups. We spent time in some nearby nursing homes, while other times we went to parks and beaches, really getting to know the heart of Puerto Rico.
My favorite part of the trip though, was the time we spent at the local church we were partnered with. This small Puerto Rican church was home to some of the most loving people I’ve ever met, each and every individual possessed such a servant’s heart within them to the glory of the Lord. If I could take anything from this trip and bring it back home with me it would be that church, not the walls, not the delicious food that was served to us each day by the community, but it would be that church family. God opened my eyes to one of the purest forms of love on this mission trip, and I owe it all to that church.
From the moment they welcomed us with opened arms to our tearful goodbyes, they will be something I will never forget. I came into this trip ready to serve, to give it my all, and do everything I could to love the people of Puerto Rico, but God had another plan. His perfect, beautiful plan was so much better than I could have ever thought it could be. He showed me what a true servant’s heart looks like in the hearts of these individuals. He also showed me how much His love, in the lives of His children affects everyone around them.
I am so grateful for your generosity, your trust, and most importantly your prayers for this trip. God truly moved in so many amazing ways, I cannot thank you enough.