Friday, June 12, 2015
posted by Janis Greenbaum

mission trip 2015 - matt c chain sawIt finally happened… as I write these notes, the youth missioners are all running around our host church, giggling and screaming like a bunch of crazy adolescents. And I couldn’t be happier!

After a week of working, eating, sleeping and praying together, it feels like our group has finally jelled. Don’t get me wrong — lots of great things have happened throughout the week, but it felt like we had lots of little groups doing their own thing. We seem to have jumped the shark tonight and become “one.”

This oneness comes after another day of working with Habitat. We left in the rain this morning and drove about an hour to the little town of Kewaskum, where the local Habitat has a saw mill and storage area. We broke into groups to cut wood, build storage, clean up garbage and organize a storage area. The rain let up mid-morning and the sun actually came out to end the day on a warmer note. Today’s work was messy and left most of us with sore muscles, but we accomplished a lot for Habitat. We are realizing that there’s a lot more to the Habitat organization than actually building the homes.

After showers and a yummy taco dinner, we headed to the local movie theater to watch “Jurassic World.” The movie was a fun way to wrap up our week. After the movie, we had our final evening gathering and prayer session. We talked about what we learned about each other through our time together this week. I feel certain that new friendships have been formed that will last beyond this trip.

The youth have elected to get out of bed at our usual time and hit the road early to get back home. We hope to pull out of here around 7:30 or 8 a.m., which will put us back into St. Louis around 3 p.m. Thanks to God for a great week of service, friendship and discovery.

Click this link to see pictures from today’s adventures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracechurchkirkwood/sets/72157654418553636

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