On the first day of our local mission trip, I had the opportunity to visit the Lemoyne Center in Washington, which is a community outreach center in the heart of a lower-income and generally less fortunate part of the city of Washington. I was able to spend my afternoon with Jonathan Lingenhoel as well as some new friends, and we taught groups of children the sport of archery, as well as connecting with the kids in other activities such as basketball, soccer, and playing on the playground. It was an amazing experience to spend time with the kids and share in their joy and childlike innocence. Most of us would agree that working alongside them helped us feel like a little kid again, and reminded us that even as we grow older, God will always be there to hold us, comfort us, and teach us, just like when we were bright-eyed children, unaffected by cares of the world and know we can lean on God for anything. If there is anything that I hope readers of this and for everyone in general to learn, it is that the God you prayed to as a child, the God you sang songs like “He’s got the whole world in His hands” about, He hasn’t changed. He will always be there to catch you when you fall, and hold you in His arms, regardless of your age or what you’ve been through. He will always love you, and He will always want you.
- Ricky Andrews