As a first time missionary, I had no idea what to expect. My biggest hope was that I, along with my sons, would be part of something that would leave Mississippi a little better off than when we arrived. I think we clearly accomplished that. What I didn't expect was to leave feeling almost embarassed at how much I got out of the trip and how much fun I had. Everyone on the trip was personable, outgoing, selfless and hardworking.
I especially want to extend my appreciation to those of you in the let's say "twenty-something" demographic. I wanted my two teenaged sons to come on this trip to see a small part of our country that doesn't have it so well. What they got to see is a group of young role models, whose work ethic and attitude had more impact on them than all of the fatherly lectures I endeavor to pass on. You had a huge impact on them. They didn't say much but believe me they noticed. Thank you for that.
Every aspect of the trip was well planned and well organized; a true testament to Bob and Janet's tireless efforts. I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible very soon. Thanks for letting us be a part of this.
What a great way to start 2008.