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Aurora Family Mission Trip 2018 Day 4

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It's been quite a day! We went to Phil's Friends this morning to aid their mission of providing support and hope to those affected by cancer. We donated our care package items, colored cards for the patients and filled the bags for care packages. As a group, we colored about 150 cards - which at first seemed like a lot, but considering they send out almost 15,000 cards a month, it's just a drop in the hope bucket. But we were so happy to help in the small way we could.

After lunch, it was finally time for the Blessing Quest! We divided into 7 teams and set out to bless the area community through different good deeds and show them God's love. We had some neat interactions, big and small, and while we may not ever know how the things we did impacted the people we encountered, we know God works in AMAZING ways.

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Portillo's, and some of us went back to Feed My Starving Children for one last pack, while the rest of the crew went back to the church to clean up New Song for service tomorrow morning.

Two of our families had to leave tonight to head back home, so please pray for safe travels for them, as well as the rest of us tomorrow. It's been a great week, albeit full of stress and the challenges of living outside of our comfort zone with our children. It certainly hasn't been a perfect week, but we pray it has been a God-honoring week, full of love, and impactful memories, especially for our kids. As parents, it is our greatest desire to see our kids solidified in their faith, and we pray this trip is one seed planted deeply in their hearts that will lead them to an everlasting faith in Jesus.

Aurora Family Mission Trip 2018 Day 3

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Well, sometimes God has other plans for you than what you planned for yourself! Today's morning was supposed to include our ever-popular Blessing Quest, but the torrential rain just wasn't having any of it. So instead we enjoyed some extra together time this morning. The younger kids had a special devotion led by our teens, and the adults got to have a great devotion and discussion about how to love outside our comfort zones.

This afternoon we got to go back to Feed My Starving Children to pack more food for children in Haiti. We packed 180 boxes of food which will feed over 100 children for a year - PRAISE GOD! Please continue to pray for food to reach its intended destinations, for the volunteers that help pack and donate the money for the food, and for the people who put themselves at risk to transport the food - many times into dangerous areas.

After dinner, the kids put on a circus, complete with acrobatics, jokes, sports, dance, magic tricks, and juggling. It was part of a BIG thank you to Steve and his family - who feeds us dinner 3 nights each year (along with some special gifts to rib him about the Cubs vs Cards rivalry!) He is quite a special guy and it's been amazing to see our relationship grow each year. The program was a blessing to us and we're sure to him as well.

We also got to have a special visit with Pastor Tim Bayer, who was one of the original impetuses of this trip, so it's always great to see it come full circle. Our other Family Mission team will be heading to his church in St. Charles, IL next week, so he's looking forward to a fun week with those 9 families soon!

We're going to have a very full day tomorrow as we moved the Blessing Quest between serving at Phil's Friends and Feed My Starving Children one last time.

When God changes our plans, we often wonder what God is saving us for or to. With the Blessing Quest getting moved to tomorrow, it makes us incredibly excited to see what might be coming. Join us in praying for God to show us exactly when and where we should be!!!

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