2014 Youth Mission Update #2

Tuesday on the team’s mission site in Brigantine New Jersey was decidedly less adventurous than our previous 30 hours, and we were all right with that.  We spent a full day on site, where we moved the railing along towards completion, designed, created, installed the insides of a stairwell and landing, and in general moved forward with helping this home become ready for a family to re-occupy.

Tim, along with his Leopard Slug friend, shows us the importance of concentration.

Tim, along with his Leopard Slug friend, shows us the importance of concentration.

Mind fully engaged, Tim is ready to go...

Mind fully engaged, Tim is ready to go…

Paige continues the railing.

Paige continues the railing.

After leading mission work projects for 30+ years, Pastor Dave experiences a first: no one has ever simply said, "Well, the drawings are there.  Go ahead."  Don't you hate it when someone calls your bluff?  Yikes!

After leading mission work projects for 30+ years, Pastor Dave experiences a first: no one has ever simply said, “Well, the drawings are there. Go ahead.” Don’t you hate it when someone calls your bluff? Yikes!

Caleb, Joe, and Katie moving the railing toward completion.

Caleb, Joe, and Katie moving the railing toward completion.

NIco and Joe working on the stairway.

NIco and Joe working on the stairway.

 

Katie and Rachael bring to an end the day's labor by finishing the steps for now.

Katie and Rachael bring to an end the day’s labor by finishing the steps for now.

Following the day’s work we headed for the beach, which was experiencing very heavy surf due to a storm in the south.  In fact, the life guards helped drag one of our folks to higher ground after it looked like he was drinking as much sea water as he was swimming in, but it all turned out fine in the end.  We did, however, choose to cut our time in the water short and engaged in beach volleyball, frisbee, and more.

Trying to get the hang of this whole "Beach Pyramid" thing...

Trying to get the hang of this whole “Beach Pyramid” thing…

The girls show us how to make a real beach pyramid!

The girls show us how to make a real beach pyramid!

Marla led us in a reflection about “How did I get here?” and helped us to wonder why in the world we are where we are…and what we can do about that next.  More singing, lots of running around late at night, and a little bit of grumpy Pastor Dave threatening those who set alarms but then do not heed them rounded out our day.

Well, that’s the long and the short of it.  It was a beautiful day, and we appreciate your prayers.

That is, in fact, the long and the short of things on this Tuesday.

That is, in fact, the long and the short of things on this Tuesday.

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