Hey Friends and Family,
Happy Sunday! After a wonderful and long night’s rest, we woke up to knocks on our doors at 7 A.M. Oh how we have missed the Montebello breakfast buffet. From eggs to bacon to sugary doughnuts they truly have it all (minus the fettuccine alfredo)! But please pray that the fettuccine alfredo is there tomorrow. We filled our stomachs with a delicious breakfast and loaded onto the buses. Dressed in our nice church attire we arrived at Quest Fellowship Church. This morning we were invited to attend the once a quarter volunteer service called Renew. We worshipped with the band, Peyton shared about how serving has impacted her life, and the volunteers were encouraged by Chad’s wise words to promote serving at Quest. Then we broke up into small groups with the Quest volunteers. We prayed over all that happened in the past week at Tarong, the night of worship that would be taking place that night, our team speaking at the high school’s tomorrow, and Chad’s message about saying “yes”. The meeting concluded, we divided the team into Waumba Land, UpStreet, and Guest Service volunteers. The service began at 10:45. After more worship, we heard from Pastor Les, and then we watched Andy kick off the “Address the Mess” series. While some of us were attending the service, others were busy chasing kids around and singing and dancing. It was really cool to see how similar the service can be even though it’s 9,000 miles away. It truly felt like a small glimpse of home. We headed back to the hotel to have lunch, and it reminded of us of being on the plane, as our options were chicken, beef, or fish. To put it lightly, it was not our favorite meal. We had a brief hour of free time, and then took a trip to the nearby Country Mall. Some purchased flowy pants, hammocks, and Louis Vuitton belts. After only 47 and half minutes of shopping, we returned back to the hotel and got ready for the night of worship. At 5 P.M. the team left for Quest once again. The service felt like a normal Sunday night at InsideOut. The night consisted of an abundance of songs, and Halle, Karson, and Emma boldly sharing their stories on stage. Some of the songs were the same as back home and others were not, but it is insane to see how the music connected us. It made us feel right at home, dancing and singing our hearts out as if we were at late night at The Walk. After the service ended, we fueled our tired bodies with six 48-inch pizzas, to fill 400 stomachs. When we arrived back at Montebello we jumped into large group. We read the blog and all the encouraging responses, heard devotionals from both Sarah and Jordan, and prepared for our long day tomorrow. If you could please pray for strength and peace as we share how faith has impacted our lives, at the public high schools tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in, Kyle is yelling at us to go to bed. Goodnight!
Jackson and Halle