Our daughter is currently in Milan, Italy. She has been traveling with a team of young people through Europe for the last month. This experience is her “cup of tea”–community living, team work, group outreach, serving, and sharing the joy of the hope that resides within her heart with others.
Here they are in a French Chateau. Doesn’t this look like the backdrop of a musical–so idyllic and picturesque? I am expecting Julie Andrews to come around the corner singing “Climb Every Mountain.” But no one needs to tell this group to climb every mountain… they are just doing it!
My daughter’s generation loves to have fun, and that is obvious. In fact, my little girl–all grown up–is the queen of fun. In all these photos, she looks more jazzed than everyone combined.
Her first sentence as a toddler was, “This is so much fun!” And everyday as a child she prayed that she could “have fun today.” God created her that way, and I love it. I learn so much from her about enjoying life.
All the fun aside, these young adults are into radical living–laying down their lives for causes that are greater than themselves. They also love to pause to help the weak and hurting. They have had good teachers and mentors, and they are on their way to heavenly endeavors for God’s kingdom. Jesus is the center of their lives.
I am so happy that my little Queen of Fun is learning how to enjoy the journey at a young age. She’s in the middle front row in the gray shirt.
Amid the laughs, the Queen of Fun, along with her teammates, have embraced a serious calling, and they are sober about it.
Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night [Philippians 2:15].
And that is just what the team is doing–with all the joy, strength, and gusto they can muster. They have a story to tell to the nations.