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God is good!
It's the Tuesday after our trip. We've been home for almost 4 full days now - it's hard to believe. At this time last week we were all returning from 90+ degree day of working at Strong Links - a farm to help teens with troubled backgrounds.
One of the things I always miss the most is our family time - it's an hour or so every night after worship and before bed where we come together to decompress, laugh and pray. As much as it's important to find connections with the other people on the trip, the time with our CPC family is important as well. Honesty and willingness are the foundations of this time. Snacks are pretty important as well!
One of the things we talked about often during our family time was how "connected" you can feel with God - and friends - during a trip like this and how to translate that to "real" life when we are back home. One of the realizations is that in someways it doesn't translate to real life. But that doesn't mean you give up. I know our group will continue to look for ways to "drink" of the living water Jesus offers us - as much as we drank real water during those hot days!
Thanks to everyone who supported us financially and in prayer - please continue to pray for our youth as they seek out Christ and his living water throughout the summer. Speaking of water, here are some pictures from our beach day on Friday!
God is good!
God is good.
We're home now from an amazing week in Milwaukee. I think it’s safe to say that this week has been an incredible experience for all of us. God was visible in everybody there; whether during worship, hard work, or just having fun with one another. The interns who worked with us and led us through worship all week were fantastic, as well as the other youth groups there. The warmth and hospitality of everyone was just really astounding to me, and I felt very blessed to have the chance to work with such great people. Much thanks to Melissa and Jake as well for putting up with us the entire week.
God is good!
(Jake/Melissa will be posting a few more pics and one or two more posts so stay tuned yet)
Well we survived another day of the mission trip and everyone is excited to be going to the beach tommorow. Today we went to this amazing place called City on a Hill. It used to be a hospital, but is now a community outreach center. Right now they are preparing a huge rummage sale, so there are floors and floors of stuff. Just think of the room of requirement/the place where things are hidden in Harry Potter. So what we did was sort and price the stuff. I myself spent hours sorting curtains. It was a fun and rewarding experience, but I now know I never want to work in the drapery business, because if I do I will scream. Signing of this is Paulo. Until tomorrow.
Hey folks. Jeremiah here. I think it's safe to say that these past few days have been quite a ride for all of us. We're approximately halfway through the week and we're all exhausted, but this is a mission trip, so we all find that extra strength from God (or caffeine) to get out to the community and serve them through the Lord. Last night we (Next Step Ministries) threw a picnic in a local park and the youth went out to the surrounding apartments and told people that we were having a picnic where there would be food, music, a bouncy house for the kids, and a fun time. We had a spectacular turnout. There were tons of local people at the picnic, and hopefully they were able to see Jesus Christ through the event, even if they didn't exactly know him. It was a great night. Today was a blazing hot summer day, about 94 degrees celsius (just kidding, farenheit) and the CPC youth went out and worked. Paulo, Laura, Eleanor and Jake went to Adullam and chipped paint all day, while Melissa, Anna and I went to a school and moved plywood and bundles of hardwood into a gym so they could replace the flooring of a basketball court. After that, we went to the Community Warehouse where we removed nails from old plywood boards (we signed a waiver just in case a nail flew into our eyes). Between the sweltering heat and the work, it was a fantastic day for everyone, and we all saw Christ through some aspect of what we were doing.
Right now, the CPC crew is playing a game called Say Anything, which, like any game, is better if you're not keeping score. We found a secluded area to feast on our food from Target and to have our much needed family time. We have one more day of work before we relax on friday afternoon at Bradford Beach, which hopefully Nate will join us for so we can have a great end to the week. Thanks for keeping up with our blog, and keep us in your prayers, please.
God is good!
So, a little inside joke on this trip is that we all love wheat thins, but are wondering why there are no wheat thicks?
It's been another hot day, but lots of good work and good times. A post from the youth will come later!
God is good!
God is good. Today was day two of work! Today the whole group was at the same place. We were at a place called Strong links. It's a youth rehabilitation center for kids who have drug addictions, are homeless, or don't have a supporting family. It was an old barn that was turned into a hang out place with a bunch of cool things like a climbing wall, a few tvs, a work out space and a basketball hoop. What we did was help fix up the place. A group of people cleaned boats and got them ready to be used. Some other people sorted through wood and burned all the bad stuff. I spent my day cleaning out a little area with fishing supplies in it. We were out side for the whole time. When we came back we went to a park by a run down appartment area and we had a cook out. We went around to the different doors inviting the public to join us. We had hot dogs and a huge bouncy house and we played an awesome game of duck duck goose. It was actually really nerve racking to go out in not the best neighborhood and talk to random strangers and invite them to the event. But the whole point this week is to step out of your comfort zone and that's what we did. It was a great day and at the end of the day we had a great worship service. Looking forward to tomorrow! It's about to be lights out so goodnight to everyone and thanks for support! God is good.
God is good.
Today, we went with our crews to seperate work sites. I'm in Crew 2 (named Shark Bait). We went to North Side Church to work. The church had purchased a house nearby that they were going to turn into a place where people in the community could go to get food and clothing. Our job was to make that house usable. I put in a railing on the stairs leading to the basement. (It was my first time using a power saw!!) Other people were at the church drywalling the ceiling behind the stage in the sanctuary.
Then, we had a break for lunch and had our devotional. We learned that God is very detail-oriented. He took time to make each and every one of us and everything in this world.
After lunch, we got back to work. We gathered in the backyard of the house and scraped peeling paint off of picnic tables and benches. I got some blisters from the scraper thingie that I was using and my hands were really dirty and gross afterwards.
Just as we were starting to pack up, we heard gunshots and someone screamed and then there were sirens, so we decided to stay another half hour and keep working until the trouble had passed. That meant a half hour more of scraping paint. Finally, we packed everything into the vans and got on the bus for a very hot and sweaty ride to come back. (Eww..)
When we got back to the church, we all took showers and went into the gym to hang out. (That's where I am now.) Jeremiah and Anna are playing a card game, and Eleanor is braiding my hair.
God is good.
We arrived late afternoon after making a culture learning stop to eat at Culver's. We're tyring to experience our new surroundings so we thought we would eat at a popular Wisconsin joint - haha.
Most of the evening was spent getting tired playing (basketball and ultimate frisbee) in the very large gym at the church we are staying at. There is one other large group from the Milwaukee area and we are getting along well for only knowing each other a few hours. With next step staff there are about 50 of us here together.
Last night also included dinner, worship time and church time where our group had a neat time talking and praying for each other. What a neat group of kids we have at CPC. I am thankful to be able to spend this week with them. And now, after this inital post you will get to hear more from them throughout the week. We just got back from our first work day and I'm eating cheese nips with Paulo and Nate (thanks Nate!) while I write.
I am so excited for the upcoming trip to Milwaukee! It's going to be a great opportunity to meet new people and spend time with close friends. I am really looking forward to going out and working in the community. The youth group has done small things out in the Madison community like working at a food pantry and cleaning up Tenney Park, but we haven't really had the chance to do something like this. It will be a great experience to go to a different area and work and build things to help out the community. Also, I am looking forward to the evening program and the devotional times. It will be nice to take time out of the day to worship God on our own and as a big group. I hope to grow closer to God while helping others and have fun at the same time. I am really looking forward to it and it will be a great way to start off the summer!
- Anna Evans
Welcome to our trip journal. We're going to try and have a couple of pre-trip posts starting with this one. Looking at next week's weather forecast it will be HOT! Monday - 91, Tuesday - 91, Wednesday - 89, Thursday - 85 and a cool down for Friday - 78! I guess we don't need to go anywhere exotic for hot weather.