Over the course of the week of June 23rd, I had the opportunity to attend Passport as an adult instead of a camper. Before departing on our journey to Greensboro I was a little concerned about what I would be facing in the next week; I didn’t know these kids very well and I hadn’t spent much time with Middle School this past year. It had been 6 years since I had gone to Passport and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was astonished by just how amazing Passport was. I forgot how special the worship services are, how fun the energizers can be, how much work goes into choices, but most importantly the relationships built between campers from different churches and the same church
Everyday I made it a point to ask my campers how their day was and what they did. Each day I would get a new story about a friend they had met or an activity they had done in choices. Their faces lit up with the different parts of the story being told. I had never experienced such joy for someone else as I did listening to their experiences. Every day my love for these kids grew stronger, and in turn grew stronger for God.
God knew that going to Passport was going to strengthen my faith in more ways than one before I even had the chance to recognize it. The relationships I built with these kids showed me that no matter the age, there is always someone who loves God just as much as you and is willing to show that with you. At the ripe age of 20, I never expected to learn from a group middle schoolers that the only way to truly experience God’s love in the mission field it’s to forget all the technicalities of age and experience, and just look at it for what it is, a chance to show God how much you love Him and His kingdom. Passport may not be a traditional mission experience, but it is a chance to give everything you have to God without worrying about judgement or ridicule. The love you share with God is enough to reach the highest peaks and the farthest people. Passport is an experience I would never change for the world and I hope to be able to return next year.
-Victoria Argento, Junior at Appalachian State University