Favorite part of the 2014 Appalachia trip?
"My favorite part was realizing that everyone was being genuinely nice to me. I have never felt that way before."
"Watching the kids interact and support one another. I also really appreciated the zero tolerance on electronics this year. I think that was a very good policy that due to the popularity of the trip and I think it can be easily enforced in future years. Forcing people to disconnect I believe really taught and showed a lot of them how much they really do not need to be on their phone or social media and what they are missing when they are."
"Connecting with the kids, sharing life with them, allowing them to share from their heart and see where God was taking them. It was great to get to encourage them with scripture and to see a weight lifted as they went through the week seeing God work and new friendships begin. To see God work in the lives of so many high school kids was encouraging and to get to watch them live out their faith was amazing."
In what ways have you grown as a result of the trip?
"I see the way people need help and I want to help others change their perspective on faith. I am more comfortable praying with others."
"Trying to stay in the moment and bringing that home with me. Devoting daily quiet time with God. Expressing to others how much they mean to me and that they are loved, special, awesome, cool and a blessing to me."
"Before this trip, my relationship with God wasn't that great. The evening talks, morning devotions, and small groups honestly transformed my faith and my life and has helped my spiritual growth beyond words. I also stepped out of my comfort zone and met so many great new people. The joy of the Lord, which was often talked about in our devotions, is something that I have been able to experience because of this trip and it has helped me begin to grow so much in pretty much all aspects of my life."
Talk about your overall experience with Missions...
"It was a life changing experience. I enjoyed every minute of it and made so many friends. It's amazing how close I got to God from this trip." - Emily Coombs, Sophomore
"On this trip, we got to not only go outside of our comfort zones and reach out into the community of Leslie County in Kentucky, but we also got to meet new people and bond with friends and chaperones in a way that wouldn't normally happen during school. This trip is definitely one of the best trips I've been on, and if you enjoy community/children's ministry and/or construction, this is a trip for you." - Tori Hampton, Senior
"This trip has taught me so many things about myself and God. It has supplied my life with strong, faith-centered relationships and given me the passion to serve wherever God places me." - Jackie George, Junior
"This mission trip was my first and hopefully not my last. This trip was nothing of what I expected. It was better. It helped me meet so many new people. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and my faith has grown tremendously. It was very humbling seeing how people in Kentucky are not as fortunate as us. We need to be aware and grateful for everything that we have." - Adrienne Huff, Sophomore
"If you've never seen God work, go on a mission trip. You'll be amazed." - Chase young, Sophomore