The day was rough...many hardships about. The roofing crew set out for another hard day’s work at the house. First they ripped up the old shingles and had a competition of who could throw them farther into the woods. Later on, they were able to completely shingle one side of the house and Ethan fell victim to a hole in the roof right after saying, “Don’t worry, I know where the hole is.” They got done early and the youth piled into Erica’s car and made a trip to Go Mart that was full of energy drinks. Memorable quotes were heard throughout the day, including Zach saying that “10 minutes ago I was passed out and now I can’t feel my face.” When it came to the painting crew, things were a bit more messy. At the beginning of the day, everyone had clean shirts and hair. By lunch time, many of the youth and chaperones had transformed their clothing into Picasso masterpieces. Once the painting and outhouse groups finished their lunches, all of the youth gathered at the nearby playground for a bit of fun. Even Mike Kearns joined in on the fun and surfed the seesaw! Then the groups went back to work on their sites. The painting group rocked out to Jackie’s playlist while also adding to the splashes of color on their shirts. Finally, the real champion of the day, Champ Champ the fluffy dog, joined in on the fun. Overall, the Orchard Park Youth group had another successful day of going out into the community to do God’s work in West Virginia.
Green Group (Sara, Devin, Alex G., Maclean, Max, Lauren, Ian, Nithya, Ben, Charlie, Kristy & Gary)
The day was rough—many hardships about. Our journey began early yesterday with as we piled into our holiday themed vans. After a long ride, all of us worn out people reached Webster Springs. After a meal and greetings from community members, we settled down to a game of Mafi lead by senior leader, Calvin Grenda.
The next morning, the first vans headed to a church not realizing that they had hours of scraping ahead of them. It was such a blessing to learn the history of the church and meet the pastor. Several times he claimed that the church had saved him and the church’s prayers had been answered with hands ready to work. His Bible verse for this situation was Micah 6:8, our Jenni’s favorite. Our creative crew thought outside the box and ended up duct taping the scrapers to brooms for the tough to reach areas. As that crew was hard at work scraping paint, another group outside was surprised to see an outhouse still standing. Eager Zach, Gary and Hannah got right up on the roof and savagely ripped the roof down. After tearing layers back, the workers unexpectedly faced many bees, wasps and roaches. Despite the difficulties, the original outhouse was taken down and the frame work of the new outhouse began to spring up.
Our very tired, wifi-less group is more than happy to face the rest of the week serving God alongside the community of Webster Springs.
The Purple Group (Michael, Kelly, Ethan, Alex W., Elly, Izzy, Serena, Luke, Henry B., Lucy, Rob, Dawn and Ben)
47 youth and 14 adult chaperones are in West Virginia for a week of serving others!!