We made it back home! Praise God for a wonderful time together with some wonderful people during the 2016 Chicago Vision Trip! Allow me to update those who have been following our trip on what took place during the final days of the trip. On Friday we served again at Pacific Garden Mission sorting laundry, making 100’s of beds in the dorms and serving lunch to the homeless. We were all very tired and I am proud of our team for their willingness to serve the less fortunate in this way when most of us would have probably rather spent our time doing other things, such as napping. Friday evening was the final VBS program night and we finished strong. I was moved during the final time of worship hearing the children, youth, and adults all pour their hearts out to God in worship. Then, the cleaning and un-decorating commenced. It was a very late night by the time we finished and we were all exhausted.
Saturday, we debriefed after breakfast and then our half of the group (the Wisconsinites and our token Texan) went to the Museum of Science and Industry. Wow! What a cool place! We split up and visited various different exhibits. My personal favorite was the German U-505 Submarine we got to tour and learn about it’s capture during WWII. The mirror maze was pretty cool as well. Saturday evening we spent several hours sharing constructive criticism and affirmations with each other in the group. This has often been one of my favorite moments on the trip and again I was blessed to see the youth growing in their ability and to share loving criticism with each other and to build each other up.
Sunday, we attended church one last time with our friends at Christ Our Saviour Church and then packed up and traveled home. I thank God for 5-hour energy drinks and a good audio book. We all safely arrived back in the church parking lot by 11:15pm.
Thank you to all who supported us and prayed for us throughout the trip. God worked in mighty ways. To God be the glory!