Home Is More Than A House

Home Is More Than A House

Posted on January 17, 2018
Haley Wilson, Senior at Westfield High School
 
Going into Indy last summer I had the opposite attitude one should have before going on a mission trip. I was closed off, not open to any new experience, and looking for every opportunity for it to go wrong. Little did I know my world was about to be rocked. I was on the Brookside team for the Indy Merge trip, so we went to Brookside Community Church on Sunday morning of the trip. I was blown away by the faith in that building and the warm welcome the team got from all the church members. My “plan” of not enjoying myself was already off-kilter. As the week continued, I got closer and closer with my team in our van, or the Spirit Van as we called ourselves. We dug out a driveway and filled it with hundreds of buckets of rocks and we pulled hundreds of weeds together, so we had lots to bond over. In the afternoon at the park, I befriended a woman and her daughter from the beginning of the week. They were two peas in a pod, and I am so glad God led me to them. Although after talking to them, I realized that God really put us there to be His hands and feet. The way God works in mysterious ways amazes me every day. These lovely ladies opened my heart in ways I cannot explain.
 
Another notable event of the trip was senior night for the members of the team that are starting their final year of high school. Our trip leader, Matthew took the seniors into the streets of downtown Indianapolis to hand out small care kits and to pray for those living without a roof over their heads. That is when my heart really broke. I had been on a trip a few months prior to serve with New City Relief, but seeing these people who live 30 minutes away from my house greatly impacted me. My heart hurt, but what I saw was God’s hand. If a group of 13 people all wearing the same shirt approached me, I would be terrified, but the people I met were happy we were there. I saw that as we were welcomed into their space. Even though these people were without a house, this was their home.  We knocked on their “doors” and they let us in. That was God working. A soft smile and a bag of hand sanitizer was all God needed. I left that night thankful and hurt and amazed all at once. God knew what He was doing when He put me in this trip, and I had no idea. As someone once told me, “sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life or in the life of the one you are connecting with." God does crazy things no matter how close to home you are.
 
Are you currently in grades 8,9,10 or 11?  Do you want to learn how you can serve with our partner Shepherd Community Center on the east side of Indianapolis?  CLICK HERE to learn more about the 2 trips we are doing in Indy OR any of the other Merge trips happening this summer.  We have Merge trips for all grades 8-12.  Join us as we learn to be the hands and feet of Jesus.