Gainesville Day 4

After a long (but stellar!) few days, we got to slow down this morning and really spend time reflecting, praying, and just sitting in community with one another. As we start getting back to camp and into the swing of life, we will most likely bump into the question, “how was your trip to Florida?” While we have done a lot of ooh la la things such as Disney and seeing alligators, we spent a lot of time on campus, seeking gospel conversations and relationships with new friends. Shane really emphasized to the Team how many gospel conversations can come from the simple question “how was your trip to Florida?”

Often times, when I get asked these questions, I’m on the move and in my own thoughts, so my answer goes to the automatic “great!” as I continue to pass by. While the trip has been great, there is so much more than that to share. There has been laughter during cards games, there has been new friends from all over the globe, there has been common ground from those with different backgrounds and some hard conversations.

I catch myself struggling to slow down sometimes, but I was so grateful for the slow morning today in which I was forced to take it slow. When we take time to slow down, we open our ears and hearts to what God is teaching us and showing us.  As I sat on an unfamiliar coffee shop this morning, I caught myself looking at my team, chitter chattering with one another, the occasional chuckle, bibles open. Tears welled up in my eyes and my heart overflowed with gratitude. God cares so well for the nations, and in this big old world, he still put me right here, right now. And that is such a gift.

Alligator sighting

-Grace Zello

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