JAARS has become a special place for our family. The five of us went on our first family mission trip here to Waxhaw, NC last year. After being here last year and volunteering in the aircraft hangar, I just knew I had to come back. It’s been a great trip this year as my sons and I got the chance to come back and work together with the Construction And Maintenance department (CAM). We had to leave my wife and daughter home, due to our daughter leaving for Rwanda during this week! And I am happy to report her team made it safely there this Thursday. Check them out at GO Rwanda Student Leaders 2019!
It’s been a stretch for me this year leading a mission trip to a place I’ve only been once, but we’re doing well and the team is very supportive and encouraging. I had thought that I may lead a team to JAARS in the future, but I wasn’t expecting to do that the very next year. However, Dave Stewart talks about stepping into the darkness, and I know God pushes us beyond our comfort zones to accomplish His will in us and through us. I want to encourage others to be open and submissive to the Lord’s leading and step in, step up, or step out whenever and wherever He calls.
The other two families on our team are here at JAARS on their first family
mission trip. It is great to hear the amazement from the adults over what God is doing through JAARS. And the excitement from the children on our trip is untamable, even contagious to the missionaries that they meet. They are so surprised by young people who want to meet them and listen to their stories. I’m not sure who is more excited! Our children, ranging from 7-13, have been stepping up every chance they get. Two of them have each lead a morning team devotional!!
I haven’t even begun to write what God has done through JAARS. When you get the chance, ask any of us about a JAARS missionary pilot named Nard.