While most local teenagers could be found sunning, shopping and socializing with friends this past summer, Arielle and Courtney Murata dedicated six weeks of their time going on a mission trip to Africa. Read what these sisters had to say about their experience:
We were able to stay with a “family” consisting of a house mother, an auntie and the children. Each D-group (discipleship-group) stayed with one family.
At the orphanage we were able to build relationships with the staff and orphans. The children were always ecstatic to see us. The boys enjoyed playing “futbol” (soccer) and the girls enjoyed doing hair and helping out in the kitchen.
We know that the children and staff at the orphanage changed our outlook on God, love and respect for others. They taught us many valuable lessons; even though we had gone to Africa to help them, they impacted us in so many ways. They brought us joy and happiness that’s unforgettable. We fell in love with each kid and our hearts were filled with love that’s unchangeable. We truly felt the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit within us as we cared for the orphans and they in turn ministered to us.
When we were at JCC (the orphanage) we still did ministry outside the orphanage. We visited villages and churches in hopes of spreading God’s Word.
While we were at JCC we also put on a VBS for the kids. They loved interacting with us and getting to know us better.
Although the trip sounds like it was all fun, it had its fair share of ups and downs. We remember wanting to go home half the time, we often felt like giving up, but God used those obstacles and challenges to change us and stretch us.