Hello friends, family, and supporters (and those of you who fit into each of those categories)!
We’ll start with the easy stuff: My name is Ben, I just graduated high school from Middleton, my favorite color is purple and I love my mom’s strawberry pie.
Now we can move onto the good stuff! This will be my 5th international mission trip with Blackhawk middle and high school ministries and my 7th international mission trip overall. Although I’ve been on a number of trips, God reveals something new to me each time I follow his calling. I will be returning to Romania a second time with Blackhawk as I was on the trip last year. Last year I formed some strong relationships with both Romanian leaders and orphans last year and I am beyond excited to have the chance to be reunited with my Romanian friends. This year will be a bitter sweet experience because I have graduated high school and this will be my final trip with high school ministries with Blackhawk as a student. Though I hope to return as a leader in the coming years (you heard me right, Lief) there are no guarantees.
Next year, rather than jumping straight into college, I’m choosing to take a year off, a gap year, and will be traveling the country doing a collection of short term mission trips and wilderness trips. I’m going through a program called LeaderTreks along with 11 other guys my age. My biggest worry and request for prayer is that I may be able to stay present during my time in Romania and not be thinking about my adventures ahead. God has me in Romania for a reason. This I know and believe strongly. Last year I had a similar fear, that I would be comparing my time in Romania with past trips in Honduras, a country that I fell in love with as a middle schooler and continue to love after three trips. I thought there was only room enough for one group of people to steal my heart. God showed me differently. In Romania I found that what I loved so much about Honduras was that God and his work was so obvious there. It’s the same in Romania. God is doing HUGE things there and I’m honored to be chosen by Him to be a part of growing His kingdom halfway across the world.
Thanks for reading this far! If you’d like to read more about who I am and my experiences, check out my personal blog at www.benhersh.blogspot.com. As always, prayers are essential and greatly appreciated! Can’t wait to share with you our experiences in Romania.
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