We spent Sunday to Saturday last week in our Nation’s Capital – Washington D.C. What an adventure. We worked with wonderful people, wonderful students and wonderful leaders. Enjoy a few pictures from our adventures:
We worked hard while in Charleston, but we also played hard.
Tuesday afternoon/evening we had some free time, so we loaded up the vans and traveled down to Isle of Palms beach and spent the afternoon playing in the sand and surf. The waves were big but we body surfed anyways. We were eventually run off the beach by thunder and lightening. On Friday, camp ended around 9 am, so we loaded up to head to downtown Charleston before heading home. We were able to shop in the Market and then grab some yummy seafood. Both times were lots of fun and we enjoyed letting loose together.
Our church is blessed with AMAZING students!! We are so thankful to have the opportunity to serve with them. The trip was amazing. We loved watching our students learn and grow.
My favorite story has to be this… Day 2 of serving rolls around and our WP students were feeling less than challenged spiritually. They wanted more!! So after a few minutes of trying to figure out what to do, they prayed and the Lord provided them opportunities of leadership among their crews, other churches and at their work sites! Our students led special times of worship in the evenings, diverted from the given devotion time and dug deep into the scripture to find relevant Bible verses, they led Bible lessons with the children at their work sites, they even ministered to the other churches by showing them what it means to be sold out for their faith!! Wow! These students are top notch!
It was a pleasure watching them serve and serve alongside of them. We captured a few moments during our trip.
Mike’s crew went to a Foster boy’s ranch for the week. The ranch housed 2 large homes with a husband/wife foster parent in each and up to 8 foster boys. The ranch also was home to horses and a large swimming pond.
The first day, Mike and his crew were told that a group of 50 some inner city children would be showing up at the Ranch and that they needed some supervision. Sure enough a few buses pulled up not long after and unloaded 50 some young children! The Lord provided Mike’s team to be at the Ranch at such a time and equipped them as well. His crew consisted of horse trained, life guard trained and kid trained students!! So they spent most of the afternoon leading around the kids on horseback, rescuing them from the deep end of the swimming pond and all around having a wonderful time.
On the way back to camp for the afternoon, Mike saw one of the inner city buses on the side of the road, so he pulled over and sure enough their bus wasn’t going to make it back downtown. So he called me up and I traveled out with one of our empty vans and we took 12 children back to their home in downtown Charleston. What an amazing opportunity to serve.
The rest of his week consisted of moving sand for a playground, getting eaten up by fire ants, helping build a swing set and playing with some of the foster boys on the Ranch.
Here are a few pictures.