Our final day of mission! While everyone has worked really hard and the mission amazing…we are weary and ready to be home. Oh, wait, that’s just the adults :)
Seriously, it has been said by me and others that this has been one of the best mission trips we’ve chaperoned. Our missioners have really stepped up to the plate, worked hard (both on site and together as a team) and dug deep. It has been an amazing honor to be part of such a great team of youth.
Click on any picture of the pictures below to see more at www.photobucket.com/cotha
Our final day of mission was some heavy duty love. Team Spier helped a senior resident clean out her kitchen after years of collecting stuff. When they arrived, it was a scene from Hoarders and when they left, it was a beautifully, clean kitchen. It was an awesome transformation! Team Vickerman/Matthews, after some of their own cleaning and landscaping, spent the morning with Pearl, talking and untangling her sea shell wind chimes. She was 85 years young and had many, many stories for us. It was a pleasant morning. Our afternoon was spent in the Senior Center. Craig and I once again battled Chris and Agnes, along with a new resident and lost once again. We’ll have to return for a rematch.
Wrapped up their collective VBS and Kids Camp. VBS enjoyed a shaving creme battle and Kids Camp Water Day. Saying goodbye is always bittersweet. VBS saw 2 children receive Christ so it was an amazing week!
Upon arrival back at base camp, it was discovered that someone had taken a fire extinguisher and sprayed it all over a portion of the building not current being used. Fortunately, it was determined that it happened last week and not by any of our missioners…however, it needed to be cleaned, and Team COTHA responded. An hour or so later, we were done.
Again, thank you for sharing your children…it has been an honor. See you in a couple of hours…DM+
Day 3 saw a lot of the same work but with the same people, giving us an opportunity to build relationships with the people we are working with, which is sometimes a challenge on short term mission trips.
Continue to minister in the Georgetown Housing Community…mainly yard work and light housekeeping in the morning and hanging out with the elderly in the afternoon. We are starting to know residents by name, learning their personalities…and myself? Continue to struggle with Skip Bo card game with Craig and my friends Chris and Agnes:)
As promised, we have lots of pictures of their VBS mission work atwww.photobucket.com/cotha . They taught the lesson of Esther today…
Continued to sort donated goods in the morning and Kids Camp in the afternoon.
Team Matthews, Vickerman, Spier -
Beautification was the name of the game. We were tasked with mulching, trimming and weeding the facility…did we mention the 110 weather??? The kids were amazing and regardless of the HEAT, they worked hard and consistently!
VBS! You ready? Pay attention…the church is in a trailer…not even a double wide trailer but rather a single wide…yep. Team Fraher taught VBS to eight children in a rural area of Austin in a single wide trailer! We’ll have some pictures taken today. You go team!
Sort, sort, sort…they spent the morning going through donated goods determining what to salvage and what to toss. The find of the day for Tahlia…an old tv with KNOBS (what is this!)
And then finally the fun. Group Missions had the evening off so we were told to leave the facility by 4:00 and not return until 10:00…hmmm…20 JH youth with nothing to do for 6 hours?!? Ms. Bridgett came to the rescue with Krause Springs located about an hour away from where we are staying. Natural springs…COLD…so much fun. We swam, played on the rope and cooked burgers. It was great!
As we head into evening Day One I was able to sneak away (to a place not to be mentioned to the other adult missioners) for a bit of cool, quiet, reflection and wi-fi :)
Our JH missioners are doing a wonderful job! They are all engaged, working hard and have a servant heart.
We do not have wifi so a longer post will have to wait… We arrived around 4:30 to a wonderful group camp crew. We spent the evening going over the usual stuff getting acquainted and such…we then were assigned to our work crews for the week… Crew Vickerman/Matthews-Elderly computer help, general maintenance Evan, Brianna, Emily Shafer, Allie, Abby Crew Spier-partnered with crew Vickerman/Matthews Isaiah, Brittney P, Haylee, Ryan, Lizzy Crew Fraher-VBS Blake, Alexas, Brittney B, Emily Smith, Noah Crew Thompson /Spier-Childcare/Goodwill Isaac, Adam, Tahlia, Holly More tomorrow :)
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