Trust in the Lord – Because … You can!
It is amazing to see what God was doing behind the scenes to have you in the right place at the right time, with the right things, to get the job done right!
We finished our housing projects early and Ron Reece (Hugo Lake Park Manager) really needed helping cleaning 10 cabins. Long story short –
- From summer 2015 to December 2015 the lake flooded twice ( it’s a huge lake – so this is crazy)
- Cabins 11 – 20 were under 3 ft to 5 ft of water – one time for 45 days
- A team of 5 people have been renovating and are overwhelmed with the project
- They had to tear out the bottom 1/3 to 1/5 of the walls – the cabinets – the appliances
- They have a deadline of completion – April 22
- This week they were ready to start the cleaning behind the construction work
- It took 12 of us 7 hours
- Cleaning the windows inside and out
- Cleaning and the floors
- Cleaning the tub and the toilet (no words for this)
- Cleaning the kitchen cabinets and the sinks
- Cleaning and polishing the wood walks (cleaning the paint overspray/tile clean up
- It took 12 of us 7 hours
Needless to say, Ron and his team are further ahead than what they thought they would be.
Ron had shared with me that this had been such a difficult year for him. Ron has been challenged physically, mentally and spiritually with the floods and the stress of it all. He talked about how God had really stretched him this year. When we finished we prayed for Ron and his team. That God would bless them, restore back to the Hugo Lake Park all the losses they incurred from the flooding and that they would finish ahead of time.
I thought of Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not into your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path. I’m going to come back to this later in the blog.
After we finished up we headed BACK to the Doaksville ruins, with our lantern and our rope. We wanted to figure out just how deep those wells were. I really don’t have words for the experience. We laughed so hard. Screamed so loud. Laughed some more. Your student will have to share the story.
We headed to Los Compadres for our last evening meal together and then back for some ‘chill time’ before debrief.
This class has truly been a blessing to me. I have loved being with them and getting to know more about them. See how they have grown in their relationships with each other and God. It is fun to just see how their personalities are developing. Listening to them share what they loved about the trip, or what touched them. Listening to them say kind things to each other. Laughing together. For each one of them I felt like God had given me one word that described what I saw in them. It was a moment I think I will treasure always because it just meant so much to be able to affirm the incredible qualities in each person on this team. I challenged them to take Proverbs 3:5-6 to heart. God really can be trusted and he knows ahead of time what we will be going through, what we will need … Even down to the sponges. (you’ll have to ask them – if they remember what I said 😀 )
My leaders have been amazing – a big heartfelt shout out to them!
Shelby Hollier – student leader. I think she is amazing and makes my job easier. It’s been like having a mini me on the trip! No words. Love her.
Sean Miller – Brandon Marks – I love these guys. They love serving the Lord. They love serving the kids. They love to laugh. They are scared of snakes! LOL
We are leaving early in the morning. We are ready to come home. (Good Friday and School’s Out)
We will load and leave by 5 am.
Depending on the traffic (we will not rush) we should be home between 11a – 12noon.
We’ll keep you updated – I’ll have the kids call or text you!
Thank you so much for allowing your student to come to Summit and to come to Oklahoma with me!
What an amazing time we’ve had!
We’ll see you tomorrow!
Isn’t it the BEST NEWS EVER ??? The tomb is empty – Jesus is Alive!
See you soon!
Mrs. G and her amazing 10th grade team