Today brought the first day of our congregation's local mission "trip." The past two years, several adults have taken groups of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church youth on mission trips administered by Group Workcamps Foundation. I recommend them highly.
We decided that in 2010 though, we would take a "trip" to our own community, going local with the love of Christ. Administration and preparation have been a challenge and, to be honest, I am out of my depth when it comes to the tasks typically taken on in mission trips. (When my wife and I went to Lowe's for supplies today, we were helped by an angel named Donna. Had she not helped us this afternoon, we probably would still be tooling up and down the aisles, sputtering incoherently!)
But after one day, so far, so good. Adults have come forward to supervise and help our young people, as well as feed them. Today, two crews power washed several decks and a mobile home. Others took donated items left over this past weekend's church rummage sale to a local thrift store. This latter group also spent time with the elderly residents of our local hospital's skilled nursing unity. (The elderly tromped us in Trivia!)
Tomorrow, weather allowing, we'll paint at those sites where power washing happened today.
On Thursday, we hope to tear down a tractor barn.
The weather has been hot and steamy here. So, your prayers for good weather would be appreciated.
Hopefully, in the days to come, I'll be able to publish some pictures.