Last night in Hugo
This class has been amazing this week. I am truly sad this is the last night.
Our morning devos before we headed out – Galatians 5:13-25
We are called to be free, but not to use that freedom to indulge in sinful nature, but rather to serve one another, to love our neighbor as our self … we do this through displaying the fruit of the spirit. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. As we come to day 4, we’re tired, patience can run a little thin and now is the time to push through and extend to one another grace that is empowered by the fruit of the spirit! This means… we need to conquer the flesh!
I think this group of young people did a really good job of that!
Our Work Day
The kitchen crew FINALLY got the cabinets finished … after 7+ coats … 3 of them Kilz! NO JOKE! They worked so hard and never gave up! We were so impressed with all their hard work!
The table painting crew, which actually started out with everyone, did a wonderful job making all the fairly old handmade wooden tables look brand new. The students loved seeing the final table project finished, knowing they made a real difference for the camp with all their hard work.
The brush/log clean-up crew – really ‘cleaned up’! All the brush clean-up helped make the view around the cabins and through the trees down to the river … beautiful!
Everyone came together as a team and a few of the students even commented on how they really enjoyed getting to know each other better, become a stronger team. They all agreed that they really enjoyed working together as a team. Having MANY strong leaders in this group, it was good to see them all work together, helping each other, preferring one other.
Many students commented on the fact that they enjoyed the car rides, interacting with the leaders, serving together, helping Jim get much more done than he ever imagined would happen.
Jim and Johnny
It was really special getting to be a blessing to Jim and Melissa Ogden. The stories that Jim told, the history of Beaver’s Bend, and his passion to work hard and his appreciation of all our kids made them work even harder made us all want to get as much done for him and Melissa as possible. They are precious camp managers that love the Lord and love serving others. Melissa baked us homemade cookies and brownies for us to take with us on the ride home. 3 LARGE gallon bags of cookies and brownies. We didn’t want for the ride home … we tested them after dinner! Delish!
Johnny Moffit who is over Little Dixie in this region of Oklahoma was so impressed with our kids. He led us to the camp and help serve our lunch every day. He served us as we served Little Dixie. Johnny had seen Summit work a few years ago when our 10th graders cleared the path for the Handicap trail here in the park. This class was no different … they delivered BIG in everything they did.
Before we left Beaver’s Bend, we circled up and prayed for the camp, for Jim and Melissa and Johhny and his family. Jim then prayed for us! It was a sweet time of blessing.
Thoughts from the leaders during debrief
- Loved seeing a lot of incarnation leadership – Sonny – every single time – Mrs g asks someone to pray – sonny and Dylan immediately jump in
- Each one of you has matured more in the year – painting last year compared to this year – able to let you work and not stand over you – you just got up and started unloading you are thinking things through and making responsible decisions
- I loved getting to see your character shine and grow, I love the energy and the passion that you have displayed in everything you’ve done
- I am so proud of all of you. You stepped up to the plate and did not disappoint.
o There was so much more … but there isn’t enough time nor space in this blog to write all our thoughts about what a blessing this week has been for each of us serving along side each other and with these studnets
After we finished our work day and returned to Hugo, we had the time to make two ‘fun points of interest stops.
- Doaksville Choctaw Nation Capital ruins – A few of the students were really surprised by going to the Indian ruins of Doaksville (today at the end of our workday) – and really enjoying it. You have to go through a cemetery and take the concrete steps over the rock wall into the forest to the abandoned Choctaw capital in from the 1800’s. There were ruins of the jail, 3 wells, a hotel, house, kitchen, and a tavern.
- Mt Olivet Cemetery – I always take the team to the Mt. Olivet cemetery in Hugo and it is an interesting stop. There is a section for people that were involved in the circus industry. Sooooo interesting. Elephant statues, showman’s best, elephant trainers, trapeze artist, etc. Lane Frost (from the movie 8 Seconds) is buried there, Freckles the famous bull rider, the original Marlboro Man has his headstone there, however, he is still living in Hugo, OK and works at one of the Casino’s… and, by the way, He was never a smoker!
- After dinner and debrief – we played 2 games – screaming toes and that’s nonsense (or something like that) A LOT of laughter and talent. Oh my goodness!
El Pueblito Restaurant in Hugo – Really good!
It has been an amazing time with this class. I want to give a shout out to Jake Shackleford, Dana Jacobson and Tony Woods. They have been amazing leaders with the kids and hard workers. They really helped make this trip a success! Your students have been in good hands as they encouraged and empowered these students to do their very best … glorifying God by serving his servants!
See you tomorrow afternoon. Our plan is to leave the park between 8 – 8:30am. We will stay in touch with the front office. When we are about 30 minutes out, we will be letting the students text and hopefully maybe get an Iris alert to you to let you know when we believe we’ll be pulling in to the campus. We’ll be making a lunch stop and ‘pit stops’. Usually 6 hours but that depends on the stops needed.
Thank you for allowing your students to come on this trip. They are a blessing and it is an honor to serve alongside them!
~ Be blessed and highly flavored … You are the salt of the earth! ~
the title – a student asked me how many of these kinds of trips I’d been on … we figured it up … for sure 96