I asked our most recent service camp, from Plymouth, New Hampshire, to take the time and write a few reflections on their week of service here with Old First. Many of us may not realize what an impact this service has on those who come and serve. Hopefully reading these brief reflections will give an insight on the impact we have as a congregation.
“I’m going to come out and say that this trip changed my life. Ever since I got back I have been more conscientious, kind and grateful. I feel as if my whole outlook on life has taken a 180. I rethink every decision and try to be there and benefit others as much as possible. This trip opened my eyes to the truth about the not so innocent and beautiful world I thought I lived in. I hope that I impacted the lives of people that I met, but I know for sure the people that I met impacted mine. If I had the time to write all my thoughts, ideas and memories I could write for hours on end. The people I met were truly amazing people I will never forget. The experiences I had are memories that I will also never forget. The perspective I gained on this trip is unbelievable. I am so thankful that I got to share and have this opportunity. Thank you to Kayla and everyone that made this trip possible. And thank you to everyone I met on this trip for showing me the other side of the story.” ~~Hailey
“The experiences I had during our mission trip to Philadelphia were ones to remember because of the many people we met. The biggest impact on me was being able to see how many people we met and were able to talk with. I was so surprised to see the variety of people who were in need and just wanted others to be able to connect with. My favorite location was “New Jerusalem”. Everyone felt like such a family and I felt so comfortable with the people around me. I also enjoyed being able to feed a vast amount of people at Chosen 300. This was eye-opening and inspired me to want to do more within my own community. The men at the shelter at Old First were fun to be able to speak with. I enjoyed making them dinner and listening to their stories. Because of the impact on us as a group, we decided to make cards for these guys and it was fun to see the immediate smiles on their faces. Overall, this trip was amazing and unlike anything I have done before. I am most thankful for being able to get the opportunity to have gone on this trip and I can only pray that the lives of the people we met changed as much as mine had!” ~~Brianna
“Being a person who has visited a third world country, it’s not that surprising seeing poverty. However, seeing it not too far away from my own home is always unsettling. Even though all the people were faced with such an obstacle, they had such a happy outlook on life. Every single person we met on the trip took the time to tell us their story. Everyone had such different lives yet they all ended up in the same boat. Meeting all the people in Philly was so inspiring to come to our own community and help.” ~~Shelby