Praying this week for our travel team at St. Anne's Church helps bring me back to the vision that Church does matter and God is alive and at work in this world. Ellen, Mitch, JJ, and Jeanette are proving that our local church can make a difference and accomplish amazing things.
In the early spring, when we envisioned this trip, none of us, Home team nor Travel team, could yet comprehend the good works and relationships that God planned for us at St. Anne's Church. In John 15:16 it is said, "You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will last." The team's many blogs and stories describe the lasting friendships, Mass celebrations, shared meals, and dances of joy that will bind our communities together forever.
They travel home this Sunday; a small group that has witnessed God at work. I am praying that their many friends, co-workers, and small group and ministry members will shower them with love, gratitude, and admiration for being such dedicated disciples. This can be our moment, each of us, to join in and do God's work outside the walls of Nativity and Timonium.