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Are you afraid of discomfort? Personally, I’d like to say “Pfffft nah, no way, I’ve been through my share of stuff I’ll have you know, I’m no stranger to discomfort.” But you watch me, and my actions will betray that answer. It’s true I’m no stranger to discomfort, and in truth I think all of us have had more than our fair share of discomfort even with just these past few years. Though I find no matter how much I may have been through, my ability and willingness to bend over backwards to avoid even the smallest amount of discomfort never decreases. Unfortunately for sincere followers of Christ, discomfort is unavoidable, but fortunately for followers of Christ, it is made worthwhile.

I woke up at 4 AM.  I didn’t plan on it; my year-old son was stirring and I helped him get back to sleep.  But then I was wide awake.  Seriously? I thought.  This has been happening so often lately.  Once a week for the last month or so I’ve been wide awake for hours in the middle of the night.  Part of being a young dad, I guess.  My mind goes a million miles an hour.  I tried to pray and calm myself down.  This time it didn’t work.  Alright, Lord.  I can hear the birds chirping and I can see dawn rising.  Should I fight to sleep or just get up and make a coffee?  Today I chose to get up and begin the day.  

“If the wind goes where you send it, so will I” This song verse has been a common theme for our team this past year, and especially in these past few months. When just about everything seemed to be becoming a strong solid routine for our team, God decided to change the course of the wind. Being a school based discipleship team, we had developed a solid plan with three main forms of outreach in order to intentionally disciple students. We had started up many small groups where students had the chance to open up about questions related to the Catholic faith inside the classroom, we had established a few intentional small groups after school for students who showed interest in growing deeper in a relationship with God, and we also began one on one discipleship ministry with students who desired mentorship. With these three driving forces in our ministry and the fruits that came from them, our team was finally able to be at peace with a well established plan in place.

This blog is part of the Alumni Week 2021 Collection!

This blog is part of the Alumni Week 2021 Collection! Written by Jesse (NET Alumnus 2006-12) & Kathleen LeBlanc. 

This blog is part of the Alumni Week 2021 Collection! Written by Mary, NET Alumnus 2012-2014.

This blog is part of the Alumni Week 2021 Collection! Written by Mylene Moreau, NET Alumnus 2010-11.

This blog is part of the Alumni Week 2021 Collection! Written by Jason Smith, NET Alumnus 2005-06

This blog is part of the Alumni Week 2021 Collection! Written by Maryrose Doucette, NET Alumnus 2015-17. 

WOW!! What a year it has been so far and we still have two more months to go. If I was to use one word to describe the year so far I would say transformative. The thing about this year of mission is that the Lord had brought each one of my team members here together, on this specific team for a reason. I firmly believe that the Lord has planted a seed in each one of us for this mission and to bring others into a relationship with Him. Now being on this year of NET, we have taken this seed and I believe that we have been watering it and tending to that seed, and it is starting to grow. The thing about a mustard seed is that it sometimes is barely perceptible to anyone at the beginning, but it becomes magnificent when it matures. This is how I would explain this year up to now. We, as a team are truly beginning to see our trees blossom.