In the past, I have gone on NY Reach, Illuminate, and Detour Mississippi. On these trips, my life has been shaped, and coming out of these trips I realize that they are never what I expect them to be. I expect them to be spiritual 360's, and my life will be changed forever. But looking back, no mission trip has been what I want it to be. However, every trip shapes me more, and every trip has contributed to who I am now. I grow closer to God and others, and I grow more spiritually mature. There has not been a trip where I have not learned something. NY Reach is no exception.
I went on the NY Reach trip last year and it was amazing. I saw God working in the conversations I had with people in ways I did not expect, and I grew closer to my brothers and sisters in my church family. Last year, I felt God teaching me to trust Him, even when I have no idea why or I don't think it will work. I hope to once again see God move in these amazing ways and I hope to grow closer to those around me. I also hope to mature spiritually, so that I am better prepared to serve God in the future. I have no doubt that this trip will teach me something new about God and shape me further to who God wants me to be.