It was an incredible day watching our team work so hard and accomplish so much in such a short time!
We got to work in one of the same areas that the 10th grade students worked last year. It was amazing to see how far the work on the handicap trail had progressed since we did the path clearing last year. The trail is now paved with asphalt so wheel chairs and scooters can easily take a beautiful path through the park wooded area. Handmade wooden benches have been installed and markers describing the flora and the wildlife. A pavilion has been built at the end of one of the trails and the handicap fishing dock has been finished!
Today we cleared the large area from the pavilion down to the lake… and when I say large… I mean large! It was a big task and this class ‘kicked it’ in gear and dominated! Ron(park manager) was not surprised at the dedication of these students (he had worked with last year’s class ) but Gene his assistant was really moved by them. He told Rick it really ministered to him as he had been working with other young students to build the pavilion. Even though they got it built, it took so long, and their attitudes, etc were so difficult that it really discouraged him thinking about how this young generation’s work ethics and respect had declined. Summit students so impressed him, not just with their ability to work hard but with the respect they show their elders and each other.
We had another nice surprise. Johnny Moffitt, Associate Director of Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Oklahoma showed up to meet us and take pictures. He bragged on the kids and thanked us for coming. He wanted us to know that our help really made a difference for them accomplishing their goal of getting the handicap trail completed.
Another nice surprise is the sign at the beginning of the trail has a list of the groups that partnered in making the trail happen…. Summit Christian Academy is on there.
After dinner we all shared a fun/memorable moment of the day and then went to work on our Wednesday night ministry! We really have talented young people.
Tonight while everyone was relaxing waiting for dinner to be prepared. A young man showed up at the open area/playground across the road from our cabins. He struck up a conversation with Rick and Diane and then they came and got me.
End result is an amazing guy that works with ‘at risk’ kids and families. He had two of his ‘kids’ with him doing play therapy. Our kids interacted with them… which was awesome for both our kids and the two little ones. Long story short… God gave us another contact with GREAT resource ideas for us for the future.
Well it’s late. We head to Durant tomorrow to work at a Self Help Housing Project. Our job manager will be Pastor Rick Austin – it’s his church we’ll be ministering at Wednesday night.
Thanks for your prayers
Today was a big day for work… and a big day for the fire ants and thorn bushes… I’m just sayin’
Pray for safe travels tomorrow and continued health and great teamwork to get a lot accomplished!
1 Peter 4:10-11 Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, y as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, ⌊it should be⌋ as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, ⌊it should be⌋ from the strength God provides, z so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. * Amen
I know I promised pictures… but it’s late and the camera is in the other room where kids are sleeping … will try to post some early in the morning… (in a few hours)