Who knew it would be cooler in OK (even with humidity)!
This morning we woke up to a delicious breakfast prepared by Craig and Mary Mattie. We ate cereal, oatmeal, english muffins and bagels, as well as fruit. Then we headed off to Senior High Sunday School. In class, we got to meet Paula and Jim, the youth teachers. We were also introduced to the associate pastor Matt, and two students who attend the Youth Group and Sunday School regularly. Most of the students were out on a mission trip to Heifer Ranch.We toured the building (which was huge!) and looked at the beautiful stained glass windows. In Sunday school we discussed current topics in the world. We ended up talking about the cross and how it can be seen in many ways, either positive or negative.
After that we attended their 10:55 worship service, which was amazing. The church service was very similar to ours. The sermon was focused on renewal and rebuilding (which is our group devotional topic for the week). The pastor preached on Jesus healing the hemorrhaging woman and Jairus’ daughter (whom Jesus raised from the dead). He tied the stories together by showing that God’s touch is able to heal everything and everyone. We need to have faith that we will make it through tough times.
After worship we ate lunch, then headed out to the Zoo! We split up into groups and explored. Some animals we saw were elephants (including 2 elephants that just arrived from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle), zebras, a newborn gorilla, giraffe, lions, and others. While walking about we were able to connect with our friends and get to know more about each other. At the end of our time we were welcomed into the gift shop to buy souvenirs.
On our way home we stopped at Big Truck Taco (not a truck, but a restaurant) and got some amazing food, while having a blast!
Back at the church we spent quiet time with God reading and reflecting on the devotional written for the trip. It showed us how blessed we are and who God blesses. God expresses his love for all, and is always blessing the underdogs. We compared God’s view and the World’s view and how to deal with the contradicting ideas, and how to live out the life God calls us to live. We are in the middle of free time, getting ready for family groups and worship. Woop woop!!!
We love you all and hope you are having fun in Spokane, WA
-Macie, Meaghan and Mallory (The three “M”s)