My name is Natalie and I am 17 years old. I first heard the call to go on a mission trip two years ago at a youth conference that I attended with my youth group. It took a while to convince my parents to let me go, but they finally did and I found myself preparing to go to Fiji. At first, it was very difficult to adjust. I went from bare feet at my cottage to pants and work boots; from 9:30-10 AM wake-up to a 5:30 wake-up call. Most assuredly, the hardest part was the Obstacle Course. I am not in the best shape to run, crawl and climb. So by saying it was difficult would be an understatement. Being tired and having sore feet didn’t help either. I quickly realized that I could not do any of the tasks they expected on my own dwindling strength. God has been teaching me to fully depend on Him and to trust Him and His judgement. Now, as I run the Obstacle Course, I pray when I’m tired. I pray when my feet hurt. It is still really tough, but it is less tough. I am less tired and my feet still hurt, but I can forget about the pain. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and God is helping me find it.