After traveling 16 weeks, through 22 states, approximately 19,000 miles, participating in 132 events, and getting to know 6 people (probably more than any people get to know anyone over an 103-day period)… tour is OVER. However, the memories and the friends that we have made on this tour will forever IMPACT us.
As our tour has come to a close, we thought it would be nice to give you our final words of farewell.
Jenny – I am so thankful I was able to go on this tour. Since my husband had been on 2 previous fall tours, I heard so many great things about the tour experiences, and I was so excited to finally get to go on tour with him! It was so great getting to meet all different kinds of people and see different churches, but to realize we have a common bond in Christ! I think one of my favorite parts of tour was the Harvest Rallies we participated in—those memories will last a lifetime, and hopefully we can be involved in the rallies in the future. Also, traveling with my twin sister and her husband was a great experience—I’m so glad we got to share some more adventures!
Christopher – After traveling for nearly six months, I am glad to be coming to an end of a long journey. However, I would not trade the traveling experiences for anything. I feel like my wife and I have gone on our own “Amazing Race.” My favorite memories include spending time with teenagers from different backgrounds and experiences. In addition to meeting so many new faces, it was exciting to reunite with teens from previous tours. I’m sure I share this feeling with the rest of the team in that I wish we could have spent more time with many of the teens we met. It is exciting to see the Lord work in their lives. It was our privilege to rub shoulders with them, despite how brief the time spent may have been.
Erin – Who would have thought that at the end of a 16 week tour with six people and changing to smaller vehicles two times that we would all still enjoy each others’ company? I have been so thankful throughout this tour for the attitude of the team. As we have traveled we have become like a family-especially since four of us already are- and it has been great! Probably, my favorite parts of this trip have been the great opportunity to see so many friends that Christopher and I had made this summer with the soccer team and, while on the road, the frequent, random, breaking-out into song. These two things, among others, have really made the tour great. I will miss making memories with the Impact team.
Luke—Wow! 16 weeks goes quite quickly when you enjoy what you are doing! I have enjoyed my experience with the Impact Team. Along with ministering in different churches, it has been a privilege to see so much of our country that I’ve never seen before. Visiting a variety of historical places, especially Boston, has been one of this tour’s highlights. As others have said, I also wish we could spend more time with the teens that we got to meet. It was great to see so many teens who had a desire to serve the Lord in various ways. All these things, along with some singing and getting hit by pool noodles, combined to make a great tour experience. I will miss the family I have become a part of on this tour.
Caleb – Thank you to the hundreds of people who for the past 16 weeks have made our tour a pleasant experience. Thank you for feeding us, housing us, and welcoming us into your ministries. Thanks also to the staff, faculty, and students back at Maranatha who have allowed us to represent them for the semester and those who spent many hours coordinating everything for us. It has been our pleasure. I have enjoyed getting to know four more people whom I was not well acquainted (Except for Matt – we traveled together previously), and I am glad they all were willing to get to know me as well. My favorite part of this tour was meeting up with many alumni and old friends from Maranatha. It was great to hear their stories and memories of college experiences at Maranatha.
Matt – I really cannot believe that we have completed our tour! Having traveled on two other fall teams, this tour made me feel like I was back where I belong. I thoroughly enjoy traveling for Maranatha! I was able to return to many schools for the third time. What an encouragement to see many schools and churches that have stayed faithful over the years. There really isn’t one aspect of tour that I can pull out as my favorite because I love it all. There is nothing in the world like it! Thank you to everyone who took us in and encouraged us along the way. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us in the future.