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Be Happy, Live Free, Serve God

Be Happy, Live Free, Serve God

God changed my view of the world because he showed me that in Him, we really are one with each other, so the only way we can productively live is in the spirit of love.

Mike Rhoades | Aug 25, 2016

Every year, thousands of people step out of their comfort zone to engage in missions. It's in these moments of faith that God seems to work in unexpected and powerful ways. Take a moment to enjoy this story, written by one of our trip participants. You will read about his journey to deeper faith and a more intimate understanding of what it means to follow Christ. Be Happy, Live Free, Server God A story of faith and freedom
This summer, I went to Puerto Rico on my second mission trip with PPM and my Church, Covenant Baptist Church. The experience certainly transcends words, but if I had to sum it up, I'd say that the trip allowed me to be on the field, while simultaneously watching from the sidelines. That experience was simply exquisite. From the moment we got off the plane, I stepped into the familiar world of San Juan, and while I was 1,569 miles away from home, I felt at home. One thing I'll never forget is how I physically felt the manifestation of love that is the Lord God. Love is such an abstract concept, not to be confined to any definition. It's a feeling that can only be understood when you feel it, and from July 18th to 25th, that feeling never receded, not even for a second. I learned that God is in charge all the time, and no matter what the situation is, things will be okay. It's one thing to hear that being said, to try and understand it, but it's another thing actually knowing and understanding, and The Lord blessed me immensely with that. I learned that I should live more as a child, in a few ways. While doing our kid's ministry I got to teach local Puerto Rican children about God. I was lucky enough to be able to play with them , and I understood how simple life was. Be happy, Live free, Serve God. Too often, we get caught up in negativity or the burdens of life, and too often, we forget to let those things go. God changed my view of the world because he showed me that in Him, we really are one with each other, so the only way we can productively live is in the spirit of love. I met so many people I was very blessed to meet. A few people stood out, and that was a retiree, Leno, A church worker named Lucy, and our cook, Hector. These people really made me forget that I was here to serve, instead making me feel like I was there to be served. They did so much for us, whether it was washing our towels, giving out endless hugs, or making monumentally amazing food. Through that trip, through serving, I came to the conclusion that love is all that matters. Random should be a second nature. We should really just treat each other like we're interacting with ourselves. Treating each other how you want to be treated goes a very long way. ---A Story By: Adeyemi Faleti


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