Last Friday my daughter stopped by my office to pick up something. While talking with her, she asked if I heard what she was doing for the weekend. My stress level immediately went up. When I told her I hadn't heard, she gave me a two minute description of a "Faith Trip" she and three of her friends were taking for the weekend.
The four of them were going to fly to San Francisco for the weekend and try to do ministry for people they ran into. I thought it sounded like a great adventure. Then she told me they didn't know where they would stay but they knew God would provide.
When she returned from her trip she told me all about it. They decided to take $10 among them and no credit cards. They looked for people to help them and people they could help. They spoke and prayed with homeless people. Others gave them food and they ate some and passed some on to others more in need. People provided transportation and they helped someone move out of their apartment.
They experienced what it was like to be tired and hungry and homeless. They also experienced what it was like to trust God and see him provide in very real ways.
At one point she said they were all really hungry and they all wanted some chicken so they prayed God would provide some chicken for them to eat. A little later they ran into a homeless person who had nothing. After asking what they could do to help, she said she would just want something to eat from the Mexican restaurant.
They used their only money to buy her a burrito. The owner of the restaurant asked them what they were doing. When they shared, she asked them to come back when they were done helping her. The owner had chicken burritos waiting for all four of them on their return.
I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point my heroes have become my children. I look at some of the things they do and the way they trust God and I am so thankful for their faith and trust in Him.
I also know a big reason they have the faith they have is because of the many teachers they had and the foundation that was built through their time in high school.
Proverbs 22:6 tells us "Train up a child in the way he should go even when he is old he will not depart from it." Sometimes, that training is more than we as parents can sometimes provide on our own.
Sometimes, it takes a village.
Bob Koehne, husband to Mia, is an educator, coach, mentor and administrator with a love for Jesus and a passion to see lives impacted for Christ through Christian education. These are just some of his writings.
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