I apologize for not being able to post anything Thursday. I was really not feeling well, so I stayed at the church and slept all day. As such, anything about yesterday is written by my sister, Eliana. Also, because I wasn’t feeling well, I haven’t been able to get as many pictures. The pictures I do have are mostly from friends and leaders. I have a few of their pictures on previous posts and am truly obliged that they are letting me use them.
Also, because I have to combine two days, this post will probably be slightly longer than usual, and will have fewer pictures than usual.
We woke up at 6:45 – 7:00am like most days, and got down to breakfast at 7:15. At our service site we continued to paint the rooms and floors (I got a lot of paint in my hair). We moved around a lot of things in storage and moved things into the rooms. We saw the mailman again, and he gave us his business card. He is a pastor at a local church.
At night, during the gathering, we read the story about Jesus washing His disciple’s feet. Then, they did something different; the staff got water buckets and started washing our leaders’ feet. They also prayed for them. After that, our leaders did the same for us. It was a humbling experience.
We woke up at six-something this morning so we could pack our stuff in the vans and get ready to go. For breakfast, we just took a bunch of snacks and put them in a paper bag – muffins, pretzel bags, pop tarts, and juice boxes. After cleaning the building, we got into the vans and headed out. The mountains were gorgeous. They were covered in fog and looked ilke something out of a fantasy world. We drove until around eleven-ish, when we stopped at a pizza place and ordered some pizzas to go. We took the pizza’s to Kentucky Natural Bridge State Park and ate them at a picnic area there. The bathrooms by the picnic area were surrounded by hornets. There were even hornet nests inside the bathroom.
After lunch, we drove to the pool/hiking area and enjoyed some fun hiking/swimming time. A couple of kids decided to forgo hiking and instead go straight to the pool. Because I haven’t been feeling well, I just went straight to the pool and sat on the chair, half-sleeping the whole time. There was a $5.30 fee that you needed to pay to access the pool. The slightly funny part is when the leaders checked to see how much we would need to bring to get into the pool area, the website neglected to tell you that you needed to pay the $0.30 in tax. Those that were hiking had to be at the pool by 2:30.
We were at the pool until 4:00 when we packed up and drove to a place about an hour away for dinner. It was an area that had multiple restaurants to choose from, but pretty much everyone went to Chick-fil-a except the leaders. The group of kids from the Barrington campus finished eating before we had to be back at the buses, so we went to Culvers so some of them could get ice cream. While they were eating, one of the girls noticed an employee sitting kind of off to the side and looking a little down, so she went to talk to her, and soon we were all laughing and talking. Before the girl had to go back to her shift, the girl that first started talking to her asked if we could pray for her in any way. The employee was a little unsure of how to respond, but it was a cool opportunity.
After Culvers, we walked back to the buses and hung out near them. A couple of us went inside Cracker Barrel to look at the gift store. After we left the dinner place, we drove another thirty minutes to the church that is graciously letting us stay for the night. It’s a nice church, and they are letting us stay without payment. I’m truly thankful for them.