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Cancun Mission 2012: Homeward Bound

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Cancun Mission 2012

The final day

For my second and final blog, I am bringing you the high points and the single low point of our final groups day in Cancun. This final day had an great amount of anticipation within the group because we were going to share our personal stories and some testimonies with our friends from the University of Caribe. But before that event, our group traveled to the market place to accomplish some shopping. Shopping in my mind is quite possibly the worst thing that someone is forced to do. Our group was given an hour and a half to shop throughout the market, and I was almost in tears of boredom after nearly 5 minutes of shopping. The rest of the “shopping” experience was me following around Ansley, Dash, and Alex while they shopped around. My mood would improve shortly after this experience because of the Dominoes Pizza that I was able to consume.

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The next part of the day was used to complete our experience with the kids from the University of Caribe. After a couple of hours of volleyball practice we divided up into small groups in order to share some personal stories. During that time I learned many things about some of our University friends and more about my fellow students. One story that really got to me was one that our spanish translator told us. He told us that he was very involved with music, and his interest in music placed him into situations where he would be involved in drinking and smoking. While all this was happening, he and his best friend got into a bad car wreck which ended up putting his best friend into a coma. While his best friend was in a coma he almost attempted suicide and eventually prayed to God asking forgiveness and to help him through his self guilt. The story wraps up by his best friend waking up from his coma and joining him in a local church worship band. This story touched me because I am amazed by the power of prayer and how turning to God can turn your life around in dramatic fashion. Overall today was a solid day for ministry and I truly believe that we have touched many peoples lives in our ministry within the University of Caribe.

Ryan Cole

 

 

 

 

 

Written by:  Ryan “Es a Cole Mundo” Cole

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Cancun Mission 2012: A Closer Walk With Thee

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

This entire trip has definitely been an eye opener. I have seen so many different places and met so many different people. I can’t explain how amazing the people here are. They are so open to listen to us and experience new things that you can’t help but fall in love with them. We went to church yesterday and I decided to participate in the youth church. The kids were mesmerized by us. Our pale skin and blond hair was a huge hit. One little girl was petting my head and asking me a bunch of questions. Of course I couldn’t understand a word; but I talked to her about everything anyway.

God has shown me that I am so unbelievably blessed in my own life. I have such an amazing family and such great support in my life that I know I could be anything I wanted; the people here can not really say the same. They do not have the opportunities or resources that we do. I am a little nervous to talk about how God has worked in my life with the athletes tomorrow. My story is probably nothing like what everyone else has experienced and I am not sure how they will perceive me; but I hope they can relate; at least a little bit. I had a big problem in high school and coming to GC was the best thing that could have happened to me in that situation. God led me there to straighten out my life and show me who I could be with out all of the bad and I couldn’t be more grateful to God for that.
This trip has really built up my relationship with the Lord and I have turned to him now more than ever. I am really starting to see His plan for me and how much He has worked in my life. I have never been the super religious type and I have never really been close to God but this trip has brought me so much further along in my spiritual journey. Through helping people on this trip I have gained more than I could ever give.

Kristin Frey

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: Kristin Frey

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Cancun Mission 2012: Moving in God’s Direction

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Today was a pretty chill day! We started out by going to the beach. The waves were huge, well at least compared to what I’m used to. Nelly and I spent the whole time either running around in the waves or looking for sea shells. It allowed me to get my tan on, and if you know anything about red heads, you would know that I really mean getting my sun burn on.

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After the beach, we went back to the university and played more volleyball and soccer. I was actually allowed to play some defense in the back row with my ankle being all bruised up. Coach Ackerman told me that I shouldn’t get any ball that isn’t one step away, but I got a lot of help and support from the team. It is always so fun to play with the girls and Coach. I love getting the experience to play my favorite sport with people that I used to think I couldn’t relate to at all. We are all growing such a great bond over volleyball, which is amazing!!

Tomorrow, we are finally talking to the college students about our journeys with God. I am very nervous about this, because I am still not very good about talking about what happened to me over the past year. Around October of last year, a boy committed suicide from my high school. It was really tough on the whole community. I have always heard the phrase, “after one suicide, everyone is thinking about it.” I didn’t think it was actually true until four different people, who were my REALLY close friends, decided to come to me with thoughts of suicide. It was extremely difficult for me to think that my friends would want to leave me and everyone else that is close to them. It really hurt me, but I knew I have to be strong and try to talk to them about why, so that I could be that person that they would use to come to after having these thoughts. All of these friends ended up not going through with it, but I didn’t understand why God would put me through all that hurt. Then it hit me and I realized EXACTLY what I wanted to do as a career. I decided that I wanted to be a counselor. I went from planning on being a physical therapist to a counselor. It was a big change, but I liked being the one to help people get through tough times like that and I now know that God only puts tough times in my life for a good reason and a purpose. God has put me in really tough situations, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. He has made me so much stronger and I thank God every day for it.

Nicole Schaeffer

 

 

 

 

 

Written by:  Nicole Schaeffer

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Cancun Mission 2012: Church in a Foreign Land

Posted Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Church in Cancun

Sunday.

We went to church today at the Mundo de Fe. In Spanish, that means World of Faith. Amber, Ansley, Kristin and I went to the kid’s church which was a couple of blocks away. The service lasted for 2 hours, but the time went by so fast it only felt like 15 minutes. We really enjoyed playing and dancing with the little kids. They taught us some games and we taught them some of ours. For us girls that went with the kids, we each had about two or three girls that wouldn’t leave our side the entire time. I could only understand about half of what the girls said, but it still felt amazing to be able to communicate with them. I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn another language and for the wonderful people who have taught me. It was so uplifting to go to a church and know that God has already been working through the people there. Our purpose was to work alongside the leaders at that church to extend our encouragement through our faith. Yesterday Judy, our leader, was talking about how we are mostly introducing or reaffirming God in these people’s lives. Since our time here is very limited, we probably aren’t going to get the chance to see our lasting impact here. That means prayer is the most powerful tool we have from now on. I’m very moved by that power, and realize that nothing for the Kingdom gets done without speaking to God. My appreciation and attitude for prayer has been completely energized because of this trip. That happening is God at work in me, and only because of the support I received through prayer from my family and friends and myself. So, for those who have taken the time to read this, take your time in prayer and thoroughly enjoy that powerful opportunity.

Chelsie Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Written by:  Chelsie Evans

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Cancun Mission 2012: MoW Show from the beach

Posted Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Tortuga Beach

Ryan Mulholland and Alex Wilson bring you Day 5 action live from the beach. Listen in to hear what happened and who snagged Connection of the Day with a double connection and don’t miss the announcing of today’s Top Hottie!

 

Hosted by:  Ryan Mulholland and Alex Wilson

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