Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
10Trip End Jun 30, 2011
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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
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,