Last night we enjoyed the hospitality of the Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church—incredible Cajun food (even for vegetarians!), great laughter, and a lot of passion. The people were wonderful, the presentation they gave about coastal wetlands, their gratitude to volunteers who’ve helped restore their lives, and their passion for helping others was hard to put into words.
After dinner, it was our group’s turn to lead devotions for the whole camp. Our youth did a FABULOUS job, leading people in reflecting on what it means to be a neighbor, complete with a Harry Potter version of the parable of the Good Samaritan. They taught and led an energizer, they did a great skit, they prayed, they led conversation, and even had Scott (and site organizer Colleen) lead us in singing With My Own Two Hands. It was truly a sight to see these youth in this leadership role—a role they have grown into handsomely over the past several years. I can’t wait to see what they might do next!
Today we split into two work teams. My team went to the same house we’ve been working in—and we had the extreme pleasure of SANDING DRYWALL! YAY! It was such a good time. From 8-2, with breaks for water and lunch and the pleasure of sitting down…sanding drywall. There aren’t many pictures because it was so ridiculously dusty that all the pictures were terrible and we feared for electronics in the dust cloud. (don’t worry-we had masks and glasses!) But even though the work was hard, hot (masks + glasses = HOT faces, even when we had both the air conditioning and the fan on…and they blew more dust around!), and tedious, we had a good day. At one point I was taking a break outside and through the window I heard the group inside SINGING! There were camp song classics like “down by the bay” and “I saw a bear”. Awesome!
The other group had a strange day—they went to the house that needed to be finished ASAP because it was being dedicated this afternoon at 3pm. Unfortunately, their supplies and tools and construction manager didn’t arrive until almost lunchtime, so they did a few things, they napped on the floor, and they visited a local gas station for snacks. Then they had 2.5 hours to finish all the flooring—installing carpet in two rooms. By the time we all arrived for the dedication at 3pm, it was all done and looked completely fabulous! It was a joy to attend the dedication, to see the woman who is able to move back into her house (when they began, several people thought the house should just be torn down, but they worked with it and were able to turn it into a nice home for this woman, Magaline).
Now we’re showered and waiting for dinner. Tomorrow we have only a half day of work, because in the afternoon we’re headed out for a SWAMP TOUR! Yes, we promise to wear plenty of bug spray….