Looking back, I would have never imagined the things I was able to experience in Hawaii. Exploring the community and learning about the culture was a big way I was able to really submerge myself in this trip. Hearing about the difficulties the community had to go through and how the kids were raised was extremely humbling. I never would have thought I could build strong connections and trust with a group of kids in just under a week. Seeing them want to come hang out with us and worship with us was amazing. They encouraged me to grow stronger in my faith. Hearing all of their stories was also encouraging for me. Hearing the stories of my team also helped me to grow closer with them. Everyone was so open and inviting. The whole week I got to look at faith and God in a different perspective. Seeing kids form a dance circle during worship, make poi for communion, and just helping out their community every day was inspiring. Each person had a reason for being there at that time and God really brought out our gifts. I am so thankful for getting the opportunity to go on this trip and I know God has a plan for all of us; the youth group in Hawaii, our quest team, and everyone we encountered.