Oh the Places We Go, Oh the Things We Do

Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Camp Restore

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Alright, so we didn't leave at 7 am sharp, but it was pretty close, and we still arrived early! But we had an interesting and fun trip getting here; from seeing the Naval Ships to Elizabeth and Rachel pillow fighting in the backseat to questions from Pastor Rockey about how to use a Tide-To-Go-Stick (Sloppy Joe dinner!) to an amazing evening of great worship with the other people here at Camp Restore. 
    We started off the day leaving from Pastor Rockey's house and headed out in our rental car with a goal of getting out here to Camp Restore by 6 for dinner. We pretty much drove straight through until lunch, Pastor Rockey and Ava talked, Elizabeth slept, and Rachel read. Once we ate lunch we decided that we had plenty of time to take a 2 hour detour to the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. We took up 2 hours of our afternoon looking around the park and touring the Battleship and Submarine. It was an amazing experience getting to see the amazing way our country pulled together as a people and with its resources as it worked together to stay free with these ships.
    After this sight-seeing trip we drove the rest of the way straight through to Camp Restore! We arrived and were immediatly sent up to our bunk room (girls at Ruth, Pastor Rockey at Micah) and quickly got settled in so that we could be down in time for dinner at 6 o'clock. We had a typical (but good) camp meal of sloppy joes, salad, fruit, and chips. After dinner we had our tour of the facility and learned quite a few things. First of all, Camp Restore-or at least the building-used to house a school of 150 kids and after Katrina, was closed down because of the lack of kids coming back. However, soon the school the school will reopen with grades K-5. Second, we learned about our showering. Now Pastor Rockey had Elizabeth and Ava scared to death that they were community showers; however, they are private stalls and Elizabeth and Ava were able to take a huge sigh of relief! Third, we got our assignments for Thursday and Friday. Thursday we'll be working in The Big City Park here in New Orleans and working with fixing and helping to maintain the parks beauty (Fun Fact: Part of Benjamin Button was filmed there!). Friday we will be working with hurricane victims and cleaning their houses-outside and in. After we got our tour, we headed over to the chapel for an evening serivce. It was led by student interns that are here from Concordia in Austin and was a great experience and time of worship.

    Tomorrow we look forward to working with all the people here at Camp Restore out in the community and around New Orleans. Thank you again for your continued prayers and support. God's Blessings and Goodnight!

Until Tomorrow,
Rachel Rockey
Elizabeth Rockey
Pastor Rockey
Ava Hovis
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Judianne Rutkowski on

I know this is just the beginning of many fun filled days. Wish I were there. :)

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