Happy heart – Cheerful Face – Describes today’s workday!

We started off the morning recapping the night before. We read 2 Corinthians 4:7…  We discussed the many different types of vessels that you could find in a kitchen. They all are useful and have a different purpose. At one time they were brand new, but many are dinged up, not as shiny etc.  They are perfect but they are perfectly useable.  We discussed how God can use our imperfections and places that have been broken to bring glory to him!  It is a lie of the enemy (Satan) for us to think that our flaws, or mistakes, etc. discount us to be bearers of his light… in fact, when we allow the Holy Spirit to come in and heal and transform, the light of Jesus shines bright through our imperfections.  We then can help others, encourage others in their brokenness and weaknesses to allow God to strengthen, heal and transform them.  We broke into our small groups and shared the things that hinder us!  We prayed for each other and then set out to hang lights! Lots of lights!

What a great group of kids to work with!  It was a cold morning! Tejas built a new tunnel walkway that and we started off clipping these little do dads on each eye hook.  I think they are called carabeaners (?)  for real that is what the name sounds like!  We clipped on 100’s of them.

After a great lunch of chicken strips/gravy/green beans/salad/brownies/cookies (we are starving here… not) we began hanging lights…. on the large walkway, I believe we estimated 16,800 lights  and on the smaller tunnel  about 2,000 lights.

AND, we picked up rocks, lots of rocks in the pathway!  We only got about 1/4 of the way strung on the large covered walkway.

After dinner (yummy pasta, garlic bread, mixed vegetables, salad and pie) (Dean really loved the pasta – that’s all I’m going to say)  (in the morning is bacon – we are looking forward to it!)

We went on a hayride and ended up at the tree grove camp fire!  You’ll have to ask your student about it!  You walk into this grove of trees and it looks like something Hollywood created!  It’s so amazing!  a huge campfire!   We stood around the campfire and then proceeded to go around the circle, blessing one another.  We talked about how each of us is truly uniquely made and sometimes we don’t realize that others see that ‘good’ in us.  It’s amazing to see the students compliment and encourage one another.  We start with one student and then just go around the circle… everyone has the opportunity to bless them and believe me… it is a blessing!  So encouraging and uplifting!

We’re having some free time right now… then we’ll regroup back in our cabins, play a little apples to apples in the girls cabin … then right before lights out, I’ve asked everyone to read Matthew 5:9-19 as they are going to bed.

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds  and praise your Father in heaven.

Thinking about how God created me… How can I live out this scripture in my life?  with my classmates, my family, friends, people God puts in my path!

We have had a busy, happy, cheerful face day!  (Proverbs 15:13)

All the workers stop us and thank us for being here.  A retired gentleman who comes here every year in October and November to help Tejas get ready for their Christmas outreach could not believe these kids were only 8th graders!

Summit students bring it to the table! We leaders are so proud of them.  They have honored and glorified God with their hard work, cheerful attitudes and happy faces!  We have worked and laughed all day!

Pray for continued clear weather, safety and great attitudes! Pray for them  and their relationships as they become closer as a class. Pray for us all to treasure the treasure within us and to have the desire to share that treasure!

Thank you for letting your wonderful students come on this trip! What an honor it is to serve a long side of them

Arianna, we miss you and can’t wait to tell you about all we’ve done!

Oh… and … it’s true…. The stars at night… really are big and bright, (clap, clap, clap, clap) here in the heart of Texas.

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