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Reghan Harms is from Aurelia, Iowa, a small town near Storm Lake. She is currently a student at Northwestern College in Iowa studying worship arts. She traveled to the Argentine community in Kansas City, Kansas, over spring break with fellow students for a Missional Journey Experience. Reghan took some time to tell us a little about her story and her experience serving the community here in Kansas City. 

Q: Have you done service projects before this trip?
A: I’ve never gone away for a mission trip, but the Storm Lake community is one of the most diverse communities in the state of Iowa. There’s 20 different languages within the high school. My church has partnered with mission organizations within Storm Lake , so I’ve volunteered at those before.

Q: What have you enjoyed most so far about this trip?
A: There is just such a wide array of people down here and I am really enjoying sitting and talking to these people and hearing about where they come from and what they’ve gone through and learning more about them. Everyone is different and everyone has a story. Just listening and loving on these people is so much fun. Yesterday, I went to the elderly community and just sitting and talking with some of those people and hearing about their life was amazing. It’s just really fun getting to know these people, hearing about where they come from, and hearing about their heart for the Lord and their heart to serve. At church on Sunday, it was amazing to see all these people coming together and completely disregarding the language barrier and just worshipping the Lord.

Q: What is something you’ve learned this week?
A: One thing I’ve been really grasping this week is: those barriers don’t matter. Especially at church, those people didn’t care that they couldn’t communicate with me. At the beginning, one of the elders at the church said, ‘Alright, this will be a time of greeting…’ and most of them didn’t know English, but they still came up, shook my hand, and smiled. I could tell they were happy we were here. So, just discovering that those barriers don’t matter is just amazing. And the kids here have very different lifestyles than I grew up with and just being able to hang out with them and not have to worry about where we come from is nice.

Q: What have you learned about yourself this week?
A: I need to notice things more. I need to be aware of what is going on around me because most of these things that we don’t even realize are hidden—like hunger or feeling completely lost—those are things that can be hidden really, really well. People don’t even realize what is going on in those people’s lives. Depression, anxiety—those are problems that people don’t want to talk about because they’re afraid they’ll be judged, bullied, or looked at differently. It’s an embarrassing thing to talk about. So, just being able to notice. That’s one thing that I will definitely strive to apply to my life.

Q: Has this experience impacted your faith at all?
A: On this trip, I’ve really been getting out of my comfort zone in different areas. This trip is just helping me to hear what God is saying to me. I feel like I am able to understand what He is trying to tell me. At college, I’m stuck in the busyness and sometimes it’s hard to find time for God. But we shouldn’t have to find time for Him; we should have to find time for everything else. This trip is really helping me realize that.

Reghan Harms, Volunteer at a Missional Journey Experience in Kansas City

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