Who's on the "Go"? Student reflections on a summer mission trip to Rehoboth, New Mexico

In June of 2019, 12 people from SFC embarked on a 18 hour road trip to Rehoboth, New Mexico. It's an annual mission trip giving students the opportunity to "go" and serve a community that SFC has grown close to over the last several years. Here are 4 key takeaways from student reflections about their experience.

1. Challenges can be scary, and rewarding.

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you" Isaiah 41:13

"I was worried about being alone on this trip. One of my friends who was supposed to come, ended up not being able to, and so I was nervous. While I was a little uncomfortable for a bit, I ended up making amazing new friends." ~Katelyn~

Taking a break from traveling at Colorado Christian University.

"The number one thing that surprised me most about this trip was how open we became with each other and that even the more introverted people turned out to be super fun!" ~Ashlyn~

Group devotions while staying at Colorado Christian University.

"A challenge for me was remaining positive and energetic. Kids can be frustrating sometimes, but when they do something you're proud of, you realize that all of the difficulties were worth it." ~Andrew~

Andrew and Jaci making friendship bracelets with students.

"Personally, he [God] put me in situations where I had to talk about deep Biblical topics with people I didn't know very well. At first, this was really hard and uncomfortable, but he showed me it didn't have to be." ~Grace~

Grace, Isaiah, and Caitlyn in the school van. Students spent over 35 hours bonding on the road to New Mexico and back.

2. God's is an awesome Creator.

"O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures." Psalm 104:24

"I believe may faith grew just exploring and hiking. It was so beautiful to see what God made and see how nothing man made could ever look like that." ~Caitlyn~

The girls pose for a sunset picture.

"I quickly learned that God has made everything so outstanding that I could walk out of my building and have no excuse to put Him second in my life or to overlook anything that He has done, because He has made everything so intricately and beautiful all for us to see His glory, which I did." ~Rachel~

Students hike up to Pyramid Rock.

"I realized how small I really am. My favorite hike that we went on was a canyon similar to the Grand Canyon. When we hiked all the way to the bottom and looked back up, I realized how small I was and how great of a creator God is." ~Katelyn~

Isaiah takes a timely photo.
The group explore Canyon de Chelly rock formations.

3. Show love to others, you might be suprised.

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves." Philipians 2:3

"I have always loved working with kids and when I was their age I was in the hospital, so just showing love to those kids who don't always get love at home was special." ~Isaiah~

Ashlyn plays tic tac toe with students.

"I learned that these kids don't need you to know everything, or always have the answer to their questions, but for you to be with them and showing them how God love's them through His children." ~Rachel~

Students paint prayer rocks.

"I got to have a really interesting talk about God with one of the girls in my group while we were hiking. We talked about how God works through things that are bad and turns them to things that are good, and I got to talk about moving to South Dakota from Nebraska (she didn't know where either of those places were) and how it was hard, but I got to know some really amazing people because of it." ~Grace~

"I shared that something from my past that has affected my whole family and is really hard to forgive and give it to God. I keep a grudge against them. They prayed for me and I felt like I finally let go for once. I also learned about other students and their struggles. We talked a lot about how they can get past their troubled friendships and family situations." ~Ashlyn~

Owen and Ashlyn listen to instructions before their daily hike.

"I met this boy around 5 years old, named Alex. The first day he was shy and reserved and I just started having small conversations with him. He gradually grew on me and definitely opened up. By the end we were almost inseparable. I really hope I get to see him next year!" ~Rachel~

"I met a girl named Elena who I think was around twelve years old. On our last hike with the kids she walked with me the whole time and we talked about our lives and our homes. One thing I thought was cute that she shared with me was how her family adopted a stray dog that followed her dad home." ~Katelyn~

Katelyn and a new friend show off their work. Students were comparing how they saw themselves currently to what they wanted to be.

4. I didn't realize I could do that, until I tried.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared for us beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

"The thing that most surprised me was that I'm not too bad with younger kids. I've always thought that doing things with kids was something that I wasn't good at, but during this trip I was able to connect well with some of the kids." ~Katelyn~

Ashlyn Z., Rachel J., Jaci P., and Rachel V. learn a native Navajo dance.

"God works in you the most when you remove yourself from your normal schedule" ~Isaiah~

"I think I grew in my ability to talk to strangers or meet new people. There were a lot of people on the trip that I had never talked to before, but I learned how to step out of my comfort zone and build relationships with other people" ~Andrew~

Students on a daily hike geocaching with kids.

"I believed I showed some of my true self that can't really be shown in a school setting. In my devotion I shared how difficult it is to be different than others. That is the reason I read the devotion and I felt like I was sharing a piece of something I struggled with." ~Caitlyn~

Students posing in front of "Window Rock"