Author: Maria Flores
A couple weeks before spring break of my sophomore year, I was broken completely. I needed guidance more than ever, so I sat down with my youth pastor to discuss my feelings. My pastor suggested I go on the mission trip our youth group was hosting to Andrews, North Carolina. Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters (http://www.swoutfitters.com/) is a Christian Camp in the area which provides churches opportunities throughout the year to go serve in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina . When he first brought up this idea, I was not thrilled at all. Was I really willing to give up my spring break to go on a trip with 13 other high school students and 5 adults I didn’t even know?
The more I prayed, the more I was convinced this mission trip was not for me. God worked his magic; He knew this mission trip was the place for me, so by that Sunday I was packed and ready to leave. The car ride was a scenic ride; not ever had I taken the time to admire God’s breath taking creation. As our ride continued, I began to open up to the group who seemed just as, if not more lost than I was. All 13 students had stories of their own that touched my heart.
Three and a half hours later and our group was at our destination: Snowbird! We settled into our cabins and began our missionary work. We were appointed mobile homes in desperate need of painting to work on during the week, and some which needed new porches. The weather up in the mountains is still chilly in April which made it even more difficult to get our task done. By the middle of the week during a break, I grew up the courage to share with the group and some Snowbird leaders what I have been going through. Before I could even begin I broke down like a baby in front of everyone, and before I even had the chance to feel alone, I was comforted by loving brothers and sisters.
Sharing how difficult growing up has been and expressing to them the emotions of depression, anger, anxiety and loneliness I have had locked up inside, was such a relief. I was no longer bottling it in, but I did realized I needed a change. I had become such a mean person who no one, not even I myself liked. Before I could say anymore, one of the Snowbird leaders pulled out her bible and said Maria read Luke 6:45 which read, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
After years of prayer, asking God for an answer, I received it. The reason I had become such a horrible person was because of all the emotions I had kept locked inside, and all those emotions come out when I speak. Reading this verse transformed my life, and I believe if I had not read it at that exact moment in that exact place, it may have not meant as much to me. Even though Snowbird is not the most known trip spot in the country, I still recommend it to every teenager who is looking to find themselves. Snowbird Mission Trip 2009 changed my life, by the power of God and I believe no trip, no matter how expensive or exotic the location, can top my life changing trip.