Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Jun 30, 2011

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

                Think about it: why?

What would you say?    

                We once again had an early beginning and a delicious breakfast. We then were greeted by a group of 7th and 8th graders from Indiana who joined us for the day…and the work began! But first, we began with circle time and got to know each other, specifically those of us that we would be working alongside. Once we had some time getting to know our groups we were given our assignments, and off we went! We were doing anything and everything including painting, mudding, mopping, clearing clogged drains, cleaning, removing plaster, and helping out with whatever was needed. The morning and afternoon were full of smiles and laughter as everyone began to get to know each other and work together.

                Towards the middle of the afternoon the work was coming to a stop for the day many of the youth joined together in the yard for a game of Gaga Ball. This game has become the universal go-to game here at The Rock and at any point you could walk by and see people playing in the yard. The rules are a little complicated to relate by blog, but it is sort of a modified version of dodge ball, without the teams.

                At about 5pm we all packed into cars and vans and headed over to Granite City for Monday night youth group during which we had dinner and fellowship before the Bible study. But we also had another wonderful surprise for two very special people, it is Bill & Bev's 24th wedding anniversary, and we celebrated with a cake (see pictures)!

                After dinner and cake we formed a huge circle, 63 people huge! And Pastor Randy split us up into five groups and gave us a question. A few months ago, members of the youth group wrote down questions and gave them to Pastor Randy and he has been going through them and they discuss and answer them as a group every Monday, and this week’s question was why?

If you were asked the question why? or how come? What would your answer be? One simple—or not so simple question—that raised so many different answers, so many different responses and emotions.  We separated into five different groups: all coming up with ideas concerning Biblical people who asked why to why does God give us these things to get through to why are some people born into Christian families and some not to why are some of us bullied to why are we here. Yet the one answer that seemed to be prevalent throughout the entire group discussion was love: and the relationship we therefore have with Jesus Christ because of His sacrifice: that is why. There is no definite answer. There is no answer to why our friend committed suicide, why we have to have a past we regret, why our lives see more hardship than others. But through the hugs and hands placed upon each other, the support we gave each other, Christ’s love was unmistakable. Our Bible study at youth was filled with tears, comfort, and the promise that was given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In the words of Ms Lois, "God is changing lives here" and how true this statement is. If you walk into The Rock at any point you will hear laughter and see the smiling faces of many youth and adults (along with those Senior Advisors!). As I have said in a past blog, the connection, the feeling of family here is inconceivable, unless you are here in the midst of it. Such a blessing that we are able to be a part of all these wonderful people’s lives during this wonderful week in St. Louis.

Peace & Blessings,

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Ms. Lee - Brentwood, TN on

I just got back in town last night, and am catching up on your blog.
WOW!!! God Bless each of you and keep you safe and strong.
Elizabeth, I got your letter when I got back, and I'm your prayer warrior -
I'll get the Wed. AM Breakfast Bible Class ladies in on the praying too -
for you and for all of you.
What a blessing you are and will be to everyone you interact with, and what a blessing they will be to you. Cherish those God given relationships. We're all here to touch lives and make a Christ impact on those we meet.
You guys are AWESOME!!!
Blessings, Love and Hugs,
Ms. Lee
P.S. The Blog is fantastic!!!!!! By the time evening came, I'd be asleep in my soup course and you crank out those great updates! WOW again!!

Elizabeth Rockey on

Thank you Miss Lee! Lots of love! Blessings!

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