“Answering the Call” by Brady Braun
Last year Mrs. Cam started talking to the youth group about our second mission trip. I was immediately flashed back to all the great times that I had and memories I had made.
My excitement was short lived though. She announced that we would be going all the way to South Dakota. Thoughts ran through my mind, I always get homesick and have never been near that far from home, and to top it all off we would be driving there. Now, don’t get me wrong I love my youth group but cooped up that long in a car with anyone will push me to my limits. The date was not final but I had already heard all I needed to, to not go. Mrs. Cam told me to pray about it, so I prayed that God would make Mrs. Cam change her mind. When I realized that, that was not going to happen I prayed that God would help me to make the right decision. Later on in the year, Mrs. Cam once again called a meeting to set the date. We would be leaving July 2nd and coming back on the 12th. Once this was announced that was the last straw. I was definitely not giving up 10 days of my summer especially when it included my birthday & July 4th. I told Mrs. Cam I was not going.
It’s funny how God works though because as soon as I did I got a churning stomach. On the days leading up to, the great voyage I kept on feeling that feeling every time I thought or heard about the trip. I knew it was, but kept ignoring it. Mrs. Cam called the youth group out to Hogg Plum in order to talk about fundraising. For some reason I went out. When I heard Mrs. Cam talk about the great donations we were receiving and how our church was pulling, together to sponsor our trip I knew I could not ignore it any longer and had to answer God’s calling.
I went on the trip and had a great time making tons of memories and bonding with our youth group. I still thank God for not giving up on calling me to go fishing on the youth trip.
Prayer: God thank you for being persistent and please help me to listen and find time for you even if it is not convient foe me.
Brady Braun, Senior at KCHS
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