End of the week, already

This week absolutely flew by.

Work days 3 and 4 were an absolute blur and the internet connection here barely let me send some pictures to Facebook, so I appreciate your patience.

Each worksite made a tremendous amount of progress on the trip. We were very lucky to have met wonderful residents, the Dempsey's, Ms. Smith and Mr. Sampson.

We were each touched profoundly by how this little pocket of work we did for them will increase their quality of life tremendously.

Mr. & Mrs. Dempsey will be able to get out of their home now and their roof is on its way to being finished. Leaving them with a dry home!

Ms. Smith's wheelchair ramp is very complicated and the difficulty to complete was high. Though the students did great work, you can tell that they were very sad not to have completed the project. Next Step indiciates that it should be compelte in the next week.

Mr. Sampson's garage has been completed demolished and is really far down the path of reconstruction. He'll actually be able to use his garage as he's getting a new (to him) car this weekend so he'll be able to take his wife to-and-from treatments.

But the work wasn't the only amazing thing that happened this week.

Wednesday night we heard the Gospel message given via video from Francis Chan a well-known and well-respected Christian leader. Each of us took the time to pray over something in our lives that is an obstacle in our accepting Jesus or our relationship with him. We each wrote that obstacle on a little peice of paper and nailed it to the cross. It was an incredibly powerful time of worship.

On Thursday after our workday was done, we had an opportunity to have dinner with friends in the community and then worship in a re-done former catholic church that had been reopened as a non-demonational church. It was absolutely beautiful inside and we were welcomed. There we worshiped and it was an incredibly moving experience. We took turns washing each others feet just like Jesus did for his disciples. We also took a lot of time to pray over each other and share our special moments with each other.

It was absolutely powerful.

This morning (Friday) we decided to give it a go at the beach, it was 63 degrees outside and the water was only 62 degrees! How crazy is that!

A lot of the students jumped in and swam while others looked on from the shore.

We grabbed lunch at Five Guys, a burger & fries place and watched a movie together.

Tonight, we will be worshiping together one last time. The crazy thing is, with the four churches represented, you can't even tell what church anyone is from any more... they are all great friends and are incredibly sad to be leaving each other. Isn't that the way it always is with camp or blended mission trips.

Hopefully, I'll have time tomorrow after Cedar Point to post more. Until then... April & Mike