Our final day at the site started out ominously. Rain that had started on Thursday night continued all through morning devotionals and breakfast, sometimes dwindling down to almost nothing and sometimes pouring loudly enough to be audible in the gym! We decided to pack up our gear for the day and then head out into Logan for a scavenger hunt at Walmart. It was girls vs. boys and I was the judge. Guess who won?!!
We got to the work site mid morning and S. and his sons greeted us and we got down to business as we were trying to get as much done before the downpour. As soon as we had leveled the post holes and braced the posts, it began to rain again. We ate lunch and as we were debating the wisdom of using the hand saw to finish cutting deck boards J. showed up and helped us formulate a plan of attack. By the end of the day we had completed the 2nd deck, leveled (quite a feat when the rain turns the holes into mud) and ready for the deck boards as well as installing the joist hangers and hanging the deck runners.
I truly can’t believe how much we labored this week, how many new skills we all learned, how much knowledge we gained about ourselves and one another, how God continued to stretch us beyond what we thought possible. I am in awe of how the Holy Spirit worked through us, our fellow teams, the family. B. led us in prayer and then we said goodbye around the box elder with hugs and tears.
Friday night EG included a group share from all the teams. Two hours of sharing stories really drove home how important this kind of work is: for the youth, the adults who work with them, the families and the communities. We are blessed and grateful for this week.