|From left, Vikin, (another of our Chinese students), Apple, Jaime, Isis)|
Over Spring Break, our WCS ministry team took 26 of our upper school students on a mission trip to Edmund, Oklahoma. For many of our students, this was their first experience with this kind of service. They spent a week touching the lives of underprivileged kids and in the process, had their lives touched, as well. My devotional tonight is written by one of my most gifted students whose name is Apple. A sophomore from China, Apple is as hard working, kind, and compassionate teenager as I have ever met. She told me that this was her first real opportunity as an international student to spend time with her classmates away from school and she now feels an incredible bond to her peers. At my suggestion, she also included a copy in her native Mandarin. If you would like to see more about our kids, our campus ministers, and their terrific experience, please go to this link set up by one of our team, Ms. Laren McCormack.
1 Peter 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
This verse expresses most of my feelings from the mission trip. Since this is the first year I am in the U.S., and since we seldom have these kinds of mission trips in China, it was really an awesome trip for me! The first time I met the kids at the Capitol Hill Church in Oklahoma City, I was kind of afraid. I wasn't sure I would have the chance to talk to the children as I saw almost all of my fellow students had at least one child with them. The good thing was on the day we went to the zoo, some more kids came, so that I could have the opportunity to be with Jaime and his sister, Isis. Jaime is a really quiet but smart kid, who always gets first place in his class at school. His sister, surprisingly, is older than me, but her smiling face always gives me a warm feeling. The most impressive thing was that they secretly bought a golden coin with a flamingo on it. It wasn’t that expensive, only 51 cents, but it was a considerable amount of money to them. They gave the golden coin to me, considering it as a memory! Another thing which impressed me came on the last day. A guy named Andrey, who works at that church, voluntarily shared his own experience with us. He said, “I even wanted to commit suicide when I was thirteen, but God saved me at that time. He opened the door for me, and let me in…… Just keep praying! I'm not sure whether it will make your dream come true but I definitely believe it would help you to make your dream come closer to you.” This mission trip covered only six days, but it will influence my life for more than sixty years.
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