“I learned that this trip was not just about building a ramp or fixing a floor, it was about the impact we could have on the family and the family can have on us.”
“I was also way out of my comfort zone. Living and working under those conditions was made easier when I compared it to what our host family had to deal with every day. We lived and worked for just five days. Anyone can deal with five days knowing that conditions for us would be back to our normal by Sunday.”
“I've fallen in love with the little things in life and seeing something that reminds me of the mission trip floods my mind with so many memories and feelings.”
“We live with so much benefits compared to them and we complain so much more."
“This trip to Logan County, West Virginia had the 9 of us (6 youth and 3 adults) building a free-standing wheelchair ramp for a gentleman with one leg and his two adults sons. In addition to building the ramp we finished the flooring in Simon's bedroom. After putting all the furniture back into his room, Simon was then able to have his bedroom back after about 6 weeks of renovations. Simon was previously staying in the living room, a cramped space for his king sized bed. However, one of the most memorable moments for me was Simon seeing his bedroom for the first time. His comment was not "It looks beautiful. Thanks". He said in his southern drawl, "Where's my headboard?". Knowing Simon, that comment was not an ungrateful gesture. The unique spirit that Simon possesses causes him to like to bust on people as a means of expressing his love and appreciation. After all, it is awkward for someone who is living in poverty to have a new group of people coming into their home to do free labor. These are people from all walks of life. Just when Simon would get used to a group, they'd leave when their week was finished. A new group would then come strolling in on Monday. How would you express your appreciation? I truly believe that his appreciation was expressed in the picture of Jesus on a belt that he wore every day that we were there. In his head, I do believe he realized that our work was part of a bigger picture, a bigger experience, and a greater love than the hammering and drilling our human bodies are capable of.”