We had our first full day of ministry today. Nine Guest Families that have a child with cancer are here for a week in Florida as part of a Blue Skies Retreat. Each one of the JFBC mission team families has been assigned a Guest Family. Our purpose is to share Christ with them by being the hands and feet of Jesus in all things.
We started our day with Chapel on the boardwalk. It was glorious to sing praises to the Lord together. Following Chapel, the Guest Families dropped their children off with the mission team and we made sure that the kids had lots of fun. We took them swimming, fishing, played sports, did arts and crafts and cooked with them. The Guest Family children (1 year to 15 years old) have been so responsive to the team. We are grateful for the opportunity to love on them!
Later in the day, we had a Hawaiian themed dinner called "Hula By The Poolah." Following dinner we had a Laugh Out Loud Variety Show for the Guest Families. One of team members performed a magic show for the audience and selected patients or their siblings to be his assistant for his tricks. The most touching event of the night occurred when a 14 year old girl with cancer performed Casting Crowns "Praise You In This Storm" in sign language. This sweet girl had many of the pre-teen/teenage girls standing behind her and they performed sign language to the song as well. It was a very emotional moment that we didn't want to see end!