Howdy everyone!! I’m Jordyn Chaimiti, a 10th grade student going on this mission trip. As the blog post manager, it has been such a joy looking back on the ways God has been working in our team and at our meetings. Just this past Sunday on March 19, we had our 2nd to last meeting until our trip. Isn’t that crazy?!?! Time is flying. Anyways, we had a wonderful meeting that consisted of a short drama skit rehearsal, students (including meee) sharing testimonies, and a teaching done by Pastor Jared Sorber about being culturally respectful as we go to Mexico. In this blog post I specifically wanted to talk about testimony sharing and the power of worshiping God through skits/productions, as that’s what really struck a chord in me in our last meeting.
So a few meetings back, Cody, our missions leader, assigned all of the students to put together a 2-3 minute testimony about a way God has worked in our life. Throughout the course of our meetings, we were to get up in front of the whole team and share. For me, and for a lot of my peers on this trip, this was extremely nerve wracking. In fact, I was actually one of the last people to go, because of how nervous I was. After seeing my friends go up and share their testimonies, it gradually got less intimidating and I finally went. My testimony was about my experience with volleyball and anxiety, and how God’s plan for us may not look like the plan we have for ourselves. This testimony took place at a low point in my life that was filled with insecurities, anxiousness, and sadness, so being able to look back and realize how God was working the entire time was incredible. Although it was hard to build the courage to share my testimony, it’s important that we all do so. We will be using our testimonies to sometimes connect with people in Mexico, and being able to reflect on what God has done in our lives can possibly have a large impact on someone else who can relate. Bridging these gaps could bring someone closer to God, or give them a perspective they did not have before. So even though it can be terrifying to stand up in front of 16 people and share a piece of your life, God gave us all stories for a reason. I’m so proud of all of us for sharing, and I hope God may use our testimonies to bring others closer to Him.
Another thing that really touched me at our meeting was our skit rehearsal. The skit we are doing is called the Lifehouse “Everything” skit, and I LOVE IT! The skit depicts a girl who starts out with solely God and everything is perfect at first, until temptors that represent different sins (lust, envy, greed, temptation, etc.) start to make their way into her life one by one. At the end, Jesus defeats all the types of sin and peace is restored with Jesus and the girl. In the skit, I play the main girl, I play this role along with my friend, Katie. I have a very big passion for theater and drama, so doing this skit has been an amazing time for me. But although I love acting, I never quite understood the power behind using theater to glorify God. Now, I can confidently say, it is one of my favorite ways to worship Him. There’s something about literally watching God’s amazing works being depicted that really moves me. I can’t quite explain it, but I can say that even after several weeks of working on this play, seeing the finished product has quite literally brought me to tears. I can not wait to see how God will use this way of ministry to connect with the people in Mexico, but I have no doubt that it’ll be wonderful.
It has been a joy working with this mission team, and with only 9 days left until our trip, I ask you all to continue praying for us. Thank you all for your love and support and please keep tuning in because we will be posting blog posts while we are on our trip!!
Stay blessed y’all,