Donna Miller recently came back from accompanying a group of college students on a Spring Break mission trip to Homosassa, Florida, where they did hurricane relief work. The group came back changed, she writes in this reflection from their trip.


A group of college students and others from First Presbyterian went to Florida during Spring Break to help with hurricane relief work.

Schedules…studies…work…expectations…prosperity…competition…grades…tests… bills…deadlines…politics…taking…demands…self-centeredness.

March 3: We left it all behind. A group of 15 folks traveled to Floral City, Florida and, in a sense, simplified our lives, walked away from some of the pollution in life. And, in simplifying our lives, we came to glimpse what are perhaps the more important matters, or maybe a better way.

Love…service…self-sacrifice…community…sharing…patience…caring…goodness… giving…kindness.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).

Donna Miller was one of several from First Presbyterian who went with local college students to Florida to help with hurricane relief.

March 5-7: Verna… a 95% blind widow still reeling from the affects of a hurricane. Verna was one of two projects we undertook in Homosassa, Florida. What we heard and saw when we arrived was nothing short of staggering. We were the second and final team to arrive and work on Verna’s home. Thankfully, we were able to see the completed project and to share in Verna’s joy. Even though she couldn’t “see” the change…she knew, and that was all that mattered.

Getting to know Verna (and Cocoa) during those three days was a blessing in and of itself. But getting to put our world aside, step into hers and make some difference was nothing short of God’s precious, sovereign grace. Yes, the temperatures were warm, but the warmth we felt from Verna and all of the others we came into contact with was a much deeper and lasting warmth.

March 10: We returned to all that we had left behind, but we returned different, changed. We had been to “The Well.”

“Leave it all behind

The world will try, but it can never fill… leave it all behind

And now that you’re full, Of love beyond measure, Your joy’s gonna flow,

Like a stream in the desert,

Soon all the world will see that living water is found in me,

Cuz you came to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more,

And all who search will find what their souls long for,

The world will try, but it can never fill,

So leave it all behind, and come to the well.” (Casting Crowns)

March 11: Daylight Savings Time begins. But I am praying for “ Sonlight Savings Time”… that I will always savor the light that Christ showed upon our experience and that the light will ever be bright in my life.

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