This past week we had orientation for our new long term volunteers. I got the opportunity to be a part of orientation as well. Some of the week's highlights included morning devotions both alone and as a group, team building activities, swimming, and classes on various parts of CAP life. My favorite part of my orientation in January was devotions as a group. This proved to be true again at this orientation. I love seeing my CAP community come together with this common purpose, glorifying God. We focused a lot on life together as a Christ centered community. We looked at Acts 2:46-47: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” I like how it says that they were in one accord. One of my favorite things to see is all of us coming together in service, and not merely serving our participants, but serving with our participants as they are a vital part of our community as well.
I got the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the new volunteers in my community. I love seeing in them a passion to honor God with all that they are, and a love for those around them that reflects the love of God that is in them. I look forward to serving with them and learning from them in the coming year.
After orientation all the volunteers got together for a short overnight retreat to spend time together. We again looked at how we want our community to reflect the love of God and how we want to live that out together in the upcoming year.
Erin has been serving with CAP since January 2014 and is a member of the Johnson Volunteer Community. She has served in CAP's Elderly Housing program, and in recent weeks has been assisting with Volunteer Orientation and CAP's Disaster Relief program. Opinions expressed in volunteer blogs are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of CAP or the Volunteer Program.