Hi, my name is Grace and I will be a senior this upcoming school year at Middleton High School. This summer, I am starting to put together my college applications for the fall (what a tedious way to spend my time, I know, I know) but I’ll try not to make this sound too much like one. Some of you might not be aware, but junior year was my first time being a year-round jock—probably my greatest accomplishment ever. In the fall, I ran cross-country (JV since they don’t make any cuts); in the winter, I played indoor soccer (we lost every single game); and in the spring, I joined the ultimate team (spirit circles are the worst). I also am a member of the Hope & Co Bottle Brigade. What’s that, you might ask? Well, we’re like a band/a capella group but cooler because we make music with…bottles (beer bottles, lime syrup bottles, onion shaped bottles, you name it)! A final tidbit of information: this summer I went on the Colorado backpacking trip with Blackhawk, and it was such an amazing experience. I slept under the stars on a rock. It was awesome.
Which brings me to Romania. Sort of. When I was in 8th grade, I had the privilege of going to Sutton, Alaska on a mission trip to run a summer camp for the youth there through Eaglecrest ministries. That trip really opened my eyes to how God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people. The next year, I went to West Virginia and helped build and paint a house for some of the local people there, which was a very different experience from Alaska. This year, I prayed a lot about where I should go this summer, and God called me to serve in Romania. I heard a lot about what the Romania trip was like from friends who went last year so I was already pretty familiar with what the trip entailed. I am part of the Global Outreach Club at MHS and for the past three years, we have raised money by putting on a school dance to send to organizations around the world, including Open Roads. I am incredibly excited to be a part of this mission trip, and I can’t wait to see and be a part of what God has planned.
Thank you for all of your prayers and love,