My name is Katelyn Meenach and I am a senior at CCA. To be completely transparent, I went to Greeley because I didn’t have the money for Uganda after I paid for a mission trip to the Philippines in January.

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However, missions is a passion of mine, so I was determined to throw my whole heart into the Greeley trip just like I would if I was travelling internationally. The months leading up to Go Week, I prayed that God would use me to lead our team and that he would teach me something new. Well, as He usually does, God answered my prayers more than I could ever imagine.

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God gave me the opportunity to have very meaningful conversations with the majority of the Greeley team. My goal at the beginning of the week was to say yes to whatever I was asked to do, and that caused me to do some things outside of my comfort zone. I am passionate about worship, and I was able to lead worship several times throughout the trip which I had never done before on my own. Normally I would make an excuse about how I’m not a very good singer or I’m not good enough to lead, but, remembering my goal, I said yes over and over and it ended up being one of the highlights of my trip. I also really getting to serve with local ministries and meeting the people they impact.

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I love learning about people, hearing their stories, and seeing how God is working in their life; and time and time again God put me in just the right place or situation to be able to do just that. I absolutely loved seeing people’s passions and strengths shine throughout the week from Tim’s excitement about working on a Habitat for Humanity house to Zoe being bold and praying for so many people we encountered throughout the week. The entire team was open to being vulnerable, and God certainly used that throughout the trip.

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Whenever missions is brought up, it’s always said that you don’t have to travel internationally to be a missionary-there’s work to be done right in your own neighborhood. One of the things I loved most about Greeley is getting to see practical examples of that truth. It was eye opening to see the great need for Jesus right here in Colorado, and the variety of ways His love can be shown to our communities. I encourage anyone going on the Go Week mission trips to try Greeley at least once. It may not have the exciting factors of a new climate, culture, or food, but I guarantee that God will teach you things you couldn’t learn other places and gain a new perspective on the importance of showing love in your own community.

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