All teams arrived safely in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina with only a few delays, and they had an amazing week working at the various sites. We were joined by five churches this week: Ephrata COB, Faith E.C. Temple, First Baptist Church of Allentown, Millersville Bible Church, and St. Peter’s UMC Emerald. Altogether, we had about 93 volunteers, including our site coordinators, speaker, and other staff members.
Ephrata COB worked on three different sites this week. Their projects included replacing floors in a home, repairing a front porch and building a new deck, remodeling a bathroom, painting the exterior of a house, and replacing the skirting on a home. Though they were split between multiple sites, the church made significant progress on all of their projects, and were able to complete a couple of them before returning home.
Faith E.C. worked on numerous repairs at a house, including beginning a kitchen remodel, putting up a new fence on a front porch, and replacing the flooring and drywall in various parts of the house, including the bathroom. Despite the hard work, their team always had smiles on their faces and were a great blessing to the homeowners.
First Baptist also had a handful of projects at their site. One of the major projects was yardwork, which involved mowing the lawn and weedwhacking around the site. The church also built a new fence for the front porch, installed new flooring trim in the kitchen, among many other things. The team members persevered in the heat, and made a lot of improvements to the home and property.
Millersville Bible Church installed new flooring and drywall in their home, and they also cleaned and stained the front and back porches. Both jobs were heavily involved, but the church was able to complete both of them by the end of the week and make a difference in the lives of the people living there.
St. Peter’s UMC completed various repairs to a front porch at their worksite, including new screens, a new light, and painting the outside frame. They also worked on remodeling the bathroom, and despite numerous setbacks, they made a significant amount of progress and had a great impact on the homeowner.
Other Acts of Service
In addition to their hard work on their many projects, many of our volunteers found more ways to assist with the various tasks back at our home base. Many volunteers helped in the kitchen throughout the week, which was a huge blessing since we did not have a kitchen staff.
Some students and leaders also assisted with worship throughout the week. Some played instruments like the ukulele, piano, and guitar, while others lent their voices to the worship. Students also helped behind the scenes by running the soundboard and other tech involved in the service, and by taking photos and videos during the gatherings. We are so thankful for the selflessness of those who chose to give their time towards helping our staff!
This week, our teams dove into the book of Philippians during their daily devotions on the worksites. Our camp gatherings were led by speaker Chuck Jewell, who used various Biblical accounts to illustrate the theme of Standing Out. His topics included the examples of Lot and Ruth, as well as the event of Pentecost, among many others. At the end of the week, students were offered the chance to make some type of commitment, and many of them followed that invitation and committed themselves to making a greater effort to living their lives fully for Christ!
As with previous weeks, we held a competition between the boys and the girls to see which team could raise the most money for Christian Endeavor-World. The winning team, the boys, got to pie our speaker in the face. Altogether, the churches raised $154.85! Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity and support of Christian Endeavor!
As we close out this week and look forward to what Week 4 has in store for us, we ask that you remember a few things in prayer:
· Pray that the students who made commitments last week will follow up on the decisions that they made, and that their youth leaders will have the wisdom to know how to guide them.
· Pray for those involved in our “Share Your Faith Openly” training, that they would have the courage to stand out and share their faith with the people they come into contact with.
· Pray that our Week 4 teams would have safety on the worksites this week and be able to make an impact on their homeowners and the community.
· Pray that our Week 4 students would be reached by our speaker and be encouraged to take the next step in their Christian walk.
· Pray for health and safety for our staff as we go through this week.
· Pray that our teams would have safe travels home at the end of this week, both our staff and the four churches.
Thank you for your prayers and support! We look forward to what God has in store for Week 4!
If you would like to see more highlights from this week, check out our daily videos below:
In addition, if you’d like to see highlights of what our team did in Mexico during Week 2, check out this video: https://youtu.be/zAGhlvyBKJc