This section of our website is devoted to the personal experiences that several of our members have had with us throughout each year. Every month a new story will be posted, so keep checking in to see what’s new.
Also, check out the link below for our Youth Ministry booklet that lists and describes everything we offer throughout the year.
“Let your faith be bigger than your fear.”
As I sit in my family room contemplating how I could describe my incredible experience in New Mexico in just 250 words I look up to see that quote staring at me. Last year I was lucky enough to travel to New Mexico with a group of eight other students. We stayed on a Navajo reservation and I can genuinely say that it was an experience like no other.
The correlation between this quote and my experience in New Mexico tie back to one man we met named Howard. Jill Farley put it best when she said to us, “I think he’s magical.” I don’t believe in card tricks or pulling rabbits out of hats, but after my experience with Howard I believe in the magic of people. Howard had shared little bits of his story with us during something called the sweat. I remember being taken aback by the amount of suffering this man had endured. I believe that in the event of suffering we are given two options, use that suffering as an excuse to be miserable all the time or take that suffering and use it to build yourself more empathy and a stronger faith. Howard is the epitome of a man who chose that second option. Howard’s faith and ability to delve into each of our individual minds and hearts is something that I cannot explain in words.
Despite hardship and an unfair life Howard has chosen happiness and empathy. He has chosen to let his faith be bigger than his fear. I am privileged to have met this man and that is an understatement. Every moment I spent on that Navajo reservation held a significant meaning to my heart, but none quite like the meaning Howard has left with me.