And he's off . . . again.
I am definitely missing my little buddy. He left early yesterday morning to head to Colorado for now his 5th mission trip without the rest of us. In 4th and 5th grades, he went on a trip to do service projects in Waco. In 6th and 7th grades, he went to Arlington to work with backyard Bible clubs. Now he got to step out a bit further (okay, a lot further) to work with one of our partner churches in Castle Rock, Colorado. He came home from his trip to Arlington in March with his heart set on Colorado. He's one of the oldest kids on the trip, so that will give him an opportunity to be a leader of some sort.
His team will be serving and working pretty much non-stop every morning and afternoon, leading a sports' camp for kids in the community, working on a bike restoration project to get bikes into the hands of kids that can't afford them, helping out in a food pantry, and doing various other service projects that come up.
Of course, they will have a few extra fun activities planned, like zip-lining, swimming, and dinners out. Sounds like they will have a lot to be proud of when they come home and will have some great memories. I bet they'll be pretty tired, too, since their days start earlier than most school days!
Proud of my boy, thankful for the people that partnered with him financially to make it possible for him to go, grateful for a church that gets our kids mission-minded very early on, but missing him, too.