AIA Mission's Voice

  • Feeling Good

    Section: Track

    2017 Teams: Track - Canary Islands

    Track- Canary Islands

    As I boarded the plane leaving from Tenerife to Madrid, the song “Feeling Good” came on by Micheal Bublé. As he says, “it's a new dawn, it's a new day, its a new life”.

    I knew the transition already though will be tough going back, but I realized those song lyrics were right. Because when you take a leap of faith out of your comfort zone deciding to go whole another country with 15 people you don't know that well and pray that he will provide. It's crazy to see the amount miracles, and work God can do in your life.

    I am happy to say this trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands was a whole new chapter in my life. At age 20, it felt like an incredible turning point that made a very good impact on the people of this wonderful island and how they truly changed my life too, in believing that being a Christ follower we can really make a difference.

    From doing a 43k trail race that climbed over 5,981 feet in one day and spending seven hours & 20 minutes on my feet. To having the whole town crowd cheer and appreciate you racewalking because it's called Marchador.

    Then realizing how each athlete enjoyed us being there in their presence and having the opportunity to train with them. Seeing them say they can't wait to see you again next year makes me feel changed inside.  It showed me how much their culture is dedicated to being fit by and wanting to live simply.

    Also how you are not guaranteed anything in life, so it's important to live everyday knowing we are not alone because God is there by our side. He shows us how we love one another and share connection in fellowship in loving friends and families we meet along the way. 

    Thank you Tenerife for being part of my life I will never forget.

    -Sam for the team

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  • 3 Hs and the Holy Spirit

    Section: X Project

    2017 Teams: X Project - Ohio

    X Project - Ohio

    Throughout the last four weeks of the X Project internship, our interns have started their work week by fellowshipping with one another over a meal. Not only do the interns get to break bread together, but they also get to be vulnerable with each other in a way they’ve never been before. After every meal on Monday night, our students would gather in a circle with their legs crossed on the floor or nestled on a couch (or around a bonfire in the case of the Pollock retreat) and share their “3 H’s.”

    Our interns had the chance to share a Hardship, a Highlight, a Hero or a Hope they have. Each intern picked three or more of those Hs to reveal parts of their personal stories that were challenging, encouraging, painful or had never been revealed. By opening themselves up to each other, they created a sacred space that the Holy Spirit made a mighty move in every time they gathered together.

    Our interns poured themselves out by talking about their stories of loss, ambitions, disappointments, fractured relationships, fears, dreams, anxieties and victories. They also poured into each other with words of affirmation and spiritual truths. Seeing true community on display within a circle of 19 students has been incredible.

    To Whitney, Megan, Cam, Brittni, Zac, Katie M, Micah, Grace, Katie B., Naomi, John, Lexey, Kendall, Joel, Toby, Doven, Maya, Daniel, and Jackson: It’s been an honor to hear your stories.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Serving for Kids

    Section: Urban Project

    2017 Teams: Urban Project - Los Angeles

    Urban Project - Los Angeles 2017

    By: Kacie L. (Colorado State University - Dance)

    Here's to the end of week three at Urban Project - Los Angeles 2017. We have been serving at various ministry sites for the past two weeks all over the city, from Nickerson Gardens to Pasadena to Compton Salvation Army. The site that I am located at is called Hoover Recreation Center. It is located a couple of blocks away from the house that we are living in.

    The Hoover Rec Center has been hosting a summer camp for 30+ years. This year, they have about 30 children at camp. Miss Ana is the director, and she has been teaching for the past six summers. Some of these children arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and are there until 7:30 p.m. at night. The staff works very hard to keep these kids occupied and entertained all day long.

    At Hoover, there is a new activity every day. They do arts & crafts, play on the playground, sports, acting, dancing, and games. These kids are all so unique in their own ways and are beautiful gifts from our Lord.

    This week, a little boy came up to me and asked me to hold him. At first, I thought to myself, this is an 8-year-old boy who does not really need to be held, but I did it anyway. Then, I started thinking more about the situation. The Lord reminded me that this little boy just wanted affection and attention from someone older. I'm blessed that I was there for him in that moment even though it was such a simple gesture for me to do. Spending hours with these kids every day has taught me how to love on them like Jesus. God has put me at this site for a reason, and I think today was the day I truly saw it.

    This entire trip has confirmed my passion and love for children, especially ones who do not receive love very often. These children of God bring me an unexplainable amount of joy. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for the rest of this week at UP-LA and for my future.

    The memories, people, and friendships I have made will impact my life forever. I have enjoyed every second of this trip and learned so much about myself. Thank you, God, for bringing me here for me to learn and grow with you.

    “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬

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