SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Patrick B.
To all that made my trip possible:
I just want d to thank you for supporting our trip to El Salvador. Without the Bruce Gilley Memorial Foundation this trip wouldn’t have been possible for most of us. Your support help changed the lives of so many people, especially those that were on our team. Most of us, including myself, have never had the opportunity to see the world or minister outside of Murfreesboro, TN.
This trip opened my eyes to so many things.
I know God has me exactly where I am, but this trip gave me the chance to grow in my walk with Him. I was able to experience first hand people who were so hungry for God that they would walk miles to go to church and pray for hours. We were able to show love to kids without language, but through our actions. All they wanted to to was be around us and hug us, which could have been the only love and hug they get. Seeing those kids eyes light up as we jumped off the bus dressed in full clown make up, sweating and tired, made us all energized.
Telling kids “Jesus Loves You!”
We had the opportunity to tell hundreds of kids from age 5-18 that Jesus loves them so much, no matter what they had done or what difficulty they came from. We got to tell them that He would always be there for them even when times were bad. My most memorable moment was praying along side of a National staff with a young boy who hadn’t eaten anything for 2 days. His father didn’t help him at all and would send him out into the streets to beg and scavenge for food. We bought him food and got to share the Gospel and love of Christ with him through that. He had never heard any of that before. I still pray everyday for that kid.
I again want to thank everybody who supports the Bruce Gilley Memorial Foundation, because without you none of this would have been possible. If there is anything we can do in return people don’t hesitate to ask.