Posts By Leila Mills

14 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 6

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Regent University - Jana and LaurenWe made the most of our last day of ministry in Richmond. From tutoring in public schools to digging in the dirt, our team had a jam packed day working in the community. Thank you for praying for our team throughout our trip!

Spring: Today I got the opportunity to hang out with some awesome kindergartners at Chimborazo Elementary School. Although considered one of the best schools in the neighborhood, the school still needs assistance. In our classroom, we got to go through reading stations with the kids and bring them to lunch. I had an awesome opportunity during the reading stations to minister to one of the girls named Spring. Read more

06 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 5

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Regent University - LaurenWe couldn’t think of a better way to spend Ash Wednesday. We worked with kids, served in houses and ended the evening with a special Ash Wednesday service.

Getting “Wacky:” Today was “Wacky Wednesday” where the students from CHAT get to choose electives such as cooking, sewing, JV basketball, and dancing. Half of our group helped out in these events while the other group of us went to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to tutor the younger kids. Read more

05 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 4

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Regent University - paintingFrom painting projects, to tearing up carpets, our mission team served local homes and organizations. Towards the end of the day, we threw on our gym clothes and headed to the dodge ball and basketball courts. With a rainbow of foam balls flying, we engaged in an epic dodge ball tournament with a group of local middle schoolers and high schoolers. Read more about our fourth day in Richmond below from Esther and Emily.

The simple acts: This morning we had a devotional with Paul and Anna, two CHAT leaders, and the message was so on point. Paul spoke on the passage of John 15 and how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Even though pruning may seem like a hurtful process, it is all out of love. Paul also challenged us to tell God, “I know I’m going to see you today, help me to acknowledge you and see you in all things.” This really encouraged me because, although that may be my prayer many times, I don’t always act upon it. Regent University - activitiesHowever, today while my group cleaned out a house, I remember just scrubbing a toilet and finding the joy in that simple act. I realized that even though it may not seem like much, it is still ministry and it is act of praise. God has been teaching me to find joy in the small things because ministry does not always have to look like a busy schedule or doing big events. Today blessed me so much and I’m looking forward to more adventures tomorrow.

-Esther Acosta

Making Friends: Today was a full, but tiring day. We cleaned a whole rental house, including ripping up carpet, and we also got to hang out with the kids in the neighborhood at the gym. There were a couple of girls there who I wanted to connect with, but I felt intimidated by the year-long interns who already had an established relationship with the students. Regent University - dodge ballI decided to share my fear with our understanding leader, Jason, instead of just internalizing it. He encouraged me to just “go for it” and go up to the girls and say, “Hey, my name Emily and I’m going to be your friend.” I immediately decided that even though I only have a few days left here to develop relationships, “what do I have to lose?” I ended up making friends with these two amazing, loving girls. We had some small talk, played dodge-ball, and laughed about how I couldn’t pronounce their names. One girl hugged me and said she hopes she sees me tomorrow—success.

-Emily Kooiman

04 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 3

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“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

With a blanket of snow covering Richmond, we took the early part of the day to learn more about CHAT’s mission and serve them by completing tasks that will enhance their ministry. Read below to learn more about our experiences serving and residing in Richmond. Read more

03 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Days 1 & 2

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The Regent University Richmond Mission Trip has officially begun. Over the course of the next week, students will facilitate the inner city children programs run by Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT). Regent students will be writing each day about their experiences. Check back on the Out of the Ordinary Student blog for updates. You can also follow the hashtag #RUatRVA on Instagram and Twitter to see live updates from the trip. Please be praying for our team as they serve the Lord and His people this week.

Regent University - Slave Trail WalkArriving in Richmond: Saturday afternoon we arrived in Richmond, unloaded our luggage, and headed straight for the Richmond Slave Trail. I had no idea that Richmond was the second largest city for slave trade and I did not know what to expect when we started the trail. We were told that the slave trail would be a couple hours of walking and it would also be a prayer walk, praying for the city, healing, and particularly race reconciliation. Read more

29 Dec 2013 LeilaMills

One Semester Down, One to Go!

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Regent University - Costume PartyFinals week is done and now I can rest easy. Well, that is almost true. All of my on-campus classes have concluded, but I still have a week’s worth of work for my eight-week class on small group communication.

This semester hasn’t been any more or less difficult than my other semesters, but it has been different. Knowing that every annual event like the Chili Bowl, the Costume Party, Pancake Feast, and Winter Ball will be my last produces a sense of nostalgia that I did not expect.

Regent University - Christmas BallIt’s not like I don’t want to graduate. I do! Regent has prepared me to go into the world and be a Christian leader but it has also provided me with such a loving community that I know in the end it will be hard to go. Maybe those feelings will fade into excitement with this upcoming semester. I’ll let you know, but until then I’m just going to relax the days away–and by relax I mean complete as many of my Christmas Break Bucket List items as possible!

Leila’s Christmas Break Bucket List

  • Start looking at jobs.
  • Sleep 8 hours every night.
  • Improve my cooking skills.
  • Volunteer at the food bank.
  • Watch all the Christmas movies!
  • Think about building a tree house.
  • Read all the Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Work on my standup comedy act.
  • Experience Christmas at Williamsburg.
  • Get as many pictures with Santa as possible.
  • Plan out community events for my life group girls.
  • Get through as much of my Netflix queue as possible.
  • Purge my room of unnecessary material possessions.
  • Complete some of the crafts on my Pinterest “If I was DIY Savvy” board.
  • See all the good movies that are coming out with friends and family  (i.e. “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” etc.).

Regent University - Pancake Feast

Wish me luck! What is on your Christmas Bucket List? I’ll let you know how my list goes if you share with me yours! Sound good? Great! I’ll see you after Christmas Break!

08 Nov 2013 LeilaMills

New School Year, New Experiences

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Regent University - Flag football

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well I am neither old nor a dog but I am a senior at Regent and that counts for something, right? The point I’m trying to make is that I’ve been doing a lot of the same things every year at Regent. I do homework, I study, I work, I serve in some sort of leadership position, I socialize, and repeat. Well this year, I’ve decided to try something new to extend myself a bit further. Read more

02 Sep 2013 LeilaMills

Summer Jobs: Finding My Niche

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Regent UNiversity - StudentThe weather in Virginia Beach may have taken a while to catch up, but it is finally summertime! The finals are done, half of my friends are gone, and I am now on that nine to five work schedule. I currently work in undergraduate admissions where I have worked for about two and a half years now. Last summer I worked as a transcript coordinator. This involved a lot of detail-oriented work and data entry. It was a great start and really helped me get to know my coworkers in the office. Read more

02 May 2013 LeilaMills

On a Mission

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Regent University - Leila mission trip

Wow! I’m glad I threw out my preconceived notions of what a short-term mission trip is supposed to look like, because God completely blew my mind! I had such a great experience that I don’t even know where to begin.

I guess the beginning is the best. We arrived tired, yet excited in New York City knowing that we would unpack, have dinner and then head to the streets of New York for homeless ministry. Our group of about 50 was broken up into several different teams. My team, number three, we named “Benny and the Jets,” first went to a homeless shelter to give out supplies and pray with people.

There, I met a man who told me his story. Read more

09 Mar 2013 LeilaMills

NYC Mission Trip Day 6

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Regent University - Brooklyn BridgeI can’t believe our week of ministry is almost over! We have been learning so much and are grateful for this opportunity to serve. Here is a recap from our final day of ministry.

Today, our last day of ministry, was a bit sad; but it also gave us a drive to do even more than we had done the previous days. We started out as a whole group doing a prayer walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. It may have been a cold and windy day, but the ability to pray for all of New York City by walking on the bridge into Manhattan was such a privilege.

Regent University - dinerOnce we got off of the bridge, we were given three dollars each and got into groups of 3-5 for our “urban plunge.” The money was given to bless people on the streets of Manhattan. I was in a group with Nicolette Anderson and Ryan Evans. We were able to bless a man with a subway sandwich, a drink, chips, money, a Bible verse, and prayer! After our urban plunge, the whole team helped Superstorm Sandy victims in Coney Island by going door to door with food, heaters, scarves, and cleaning supplies.

We ended the day with a fun dinner in a typical New York style diner.

-Jacqueline Satterfield