Caleb Riley had a revelation and surprise during a Texas mission trip this summer.
The 18-year-old St. Paul High School senior spent a week with Norwalk Alliance Church leading vacation Bible school in McAllen, Texas.
"On the side we did construction. We cleaned up a field," Riley said.
His revelation came when he worked with fourth- through eighth-grade girls during vacation Bible school. He was pleasantly surprised not only with how much he connected with the girls, but also when they told him how much they would miss him and what he had done for them.
"You're going there to serve people and show them God's love," Riley said. "I wasn't expecting going there to be loving people and they'd be loving me back. ... I didn't expect to have that big return of love."
Legally blind since birth, Riley said he makes sure he tells his teachers he needs to sit where the most instruction is going to happen.
"I see things; they're just really blurry at a distance," said Riley, who calls himself "extremely near-sighted."
Since seventh grade, he has played football. Riley is the starting right tackle for the Flyers this season. St. Paul opens to the football season tonight at Sandusky St. Mary's Central Catholic.
Two stories about Riley were published this week in the Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as this one, you can subscribe to the Norwalk Reflector to receive home delivery and/or the e-paper, which is a complete digital replica of each issue. For more information, call (419) 668-3771 or click HERE.