Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
7Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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The Rock Lutheran Church
We started out the day up at 4am and out the door by 5 so we could be at the airport around 6 for an 8 o'clock flight. Our flights were pretty uneventful, except for when Rachel had an experience inside the cockpit-that was fun (I asked for a picture with him and he let me sit in the cockpit and take pictures!). Once we landed Jessica was so excited and quite impatient as we waited for our luggage, but once we finally got it we met Pastor Randy and Annie and they brought us to Yvonne, a friend of Ms. Lois's, who had blow-up mattresses, sheets, and towels for us. Once we got those packed away in the van, we headed up to Arby's for lunch and some fellowship time as we got to know one another before we met the rest of the group
When we arrived back at The Rock--real quick, The Rock used to be a church that was used by Vietnamese and called St. Peter's, but when the Vietnamese lost many of their members, the church had to close, so the LMS picked it up, and Pastor Randy and his group of helpers have been assisting him. Anyway, once we got here, we unpacked and met in a quick meet-and-greet and then went on a tour. On our tour we discovered some of the things we'll be doing while we're here which includes: work in the bell tower, painting the sanctuary, fixing painted shut windows, and setting doors up in some newly placed bathrooms. If it's not raining, we may go to College Hill and work there also. After our tour, Rachel played football (actually was taught the basics and then threw and caught-yes, successful at both) with some of the boys, Elizabeth, Jessica, and Barbara played cards with the other boys, and Lois and Pastor Randy had a meeting time.
We will be working with approximately 8 other people close to our age (ranging from sophomores in high school to sophomores in college, not counting Pastor Randy). All of these people are boys that have been living/lived in the area and need somewhere to stay-whether it's somewhere safe or just simply a home, and Pastor Randy gives these kids just that. These people help to clean up the church for the new and upcoming congregation; however, that is not the main reason we are here. We are here to learn how to be servants, how to reach out in our own communities, and how to share the love of Jesus with those we meet, and in the process we are learning by renovating this old, broken down church together. While here, we also spend copious amounts of time in God's word. Everyday we start off and end the day with discussions surrounding His word and how the day went. Today we had about 20 of us gathered to receive Holy Communion
We have been assigned "partners" for tomorrow. What this means is that that person we will spend our time with and get to know as we spend leisure time around St. Louis. We are going to church in the morning as a large group, and then from there heading back to The Rock for lunch and then headed out to the City Museum, the Spaghetti Factory, and Tedd Drewes in the afternoon into the evening. It will be a time of great fellowship as we get to know one another.
Today has been an amazing day and as the week continues I'm positive the days will only get better. Thank you for all for your continued prayers and support!
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