July 2-8, 2017 we were joined by three churches: St. Paul’s UMC Elizabethtown, Bible Baptist Church Breinigsville, and Millport Mennonite Church Leola. We had about 50 volunteers total, both on the work sites and coordinating things behind the scenes. We’re so thankful for the people who selflessly chose to spend their week serving with Christian Endeavor!
Our volunteers worked at four different work sites this week around Fayette County, West Virginia. These projects included building stairs and decks, putting up drywall and spackling, and various other projects. Each church dedicated an average of 32 hours to their projects this week, and we’re grateful for their hard work!
St. Paul’s UMC was split between two work sites this week, the first one being at a trailer home. They raised and leveled the trailer and poured concrete footers. From there, they built both a ramp and deck for the front entrance, and a set of stairs for the back entrance. On their other work site, the group hung drywall and spackled to prepare for painting the walls. At both sites, the groups made significant progress during their time and were a blessing to the homeowners involved.
Bible Baptist Church spent their week building a set of stairs for a family whose son is handicapped and needs to go to dialysis frequently. Unfortunately, the front steps were in poor condition, and the EMTs would be unable to help him. The new steps are wider, even, and equipped with railings to make them more accessible. The team worked hard and was able to complete the project by the end of the week, which will have a huge impact on the family living there.
Millport Mennonite Church was involved in various projects at their work site, including demolition, cleanup and trash removal, replacing ceiling tiles and siding, and also removing old windows as preparation for installing new ones. Though the work was sometimes messy, the group persevered and got a lot done throughout the week in order to move the project forward.
Even though the groups spent the majority of their days at the work sites, there was still plenty of time for leisure and fellowship. Volleyball and soccer were played in the gym, and games like Farkle were enjoyed immensely. Despite being from different churches, everyone was always willing to include each other, and the evenings were always a fun time.
Camp Gatherings & Devotionals
Our theme this year is “Stand Out,” which encourages our Mission Weeks participants to take ownership of their faith and be different in our worldly culture. Our evening sessions were led by speaker Dave Coryell, with David Rizzo speaking on Tuesday night. The churches also spent the week studying the book of Philippians during their lunchtime devotions. In addition to this, our worship team was joined by some volunteers, who contributed their voices and music to the camp gatherings.
For the first time this year, we also held an evangelism training session on Wednesday morning titled SYFO – Sharing Your Faith Openly. The participants learned practical skills for sharing the Gospel, and were also able to practice these skills by talking through case studies.
Throughout the week, the volunteers were encouraged to take part in an offering for Christian Endeavor’s worldwide organization. Through some friendly competition between the boys and the girls, these churches raised $244.66 for Christian Endeavor!
As we end the chapter of Week 1 and look towards Week 2, we ask that you would keep a few things in prayer:
· A number of students made commitments this week to be dedicated to God 24/7. Please pray that they would stay focused on their goals of reading the Bible and praying more intentionally, and also give them the courage to seek assistance in living their lives for Christ.
· Our staff and volunteers have arrived safely in Mérida, Mexico! Pray that they would have a wonderful week of service, and that they would have safe travels back home.
· The West Virginia Week 2 teams are ready for the week ahead, and we ask that you would pray they would stay safe on the work sites and be able to impact the homeowners and workers they interact with.
· Please continue to pray for our staff, that they would receive wisdom and guidance as they interact with the youth involved, and that they would also be able to encourage them throughout the week.
Thank you as always for your prayers and support! We look forward to seeing what God has in store for this week!
If you’d like to see more highlights from this first week, click the links below to view our highlight videos!
Sun – https://youtu.be/d0vB91-JeIo Mon – https://youtu.be/DU2PldQlt7c Tues – https://youtu.be/nnTQXHSJKzM Weds – https://youtu.be/vhZDMPU1gLA Thurs – https://youtu.be/JCQZqL58fy0 Fri – https://youtu.be/WkrcmV-pZiM