Week 3 of youth mission camp 2017 brought us teams from as far as Chillicothe, MO, and as close as Fayette, AL! It also brought us an unwelcome visitor – Tropical Storm Cindy. Thankfully, our sites did not experience the worst of the storms but all the rain did slow us down on the home repair sites. But, God was with us through it all and we were amazed to see how He was at work as we extended Christ’s love – even in the storm!
In Sumter County, we were joined by our friends from Vestavia Hills UMC and First UMC Fayette, AL. Both teams are ARM veterans – serving for 3 or 4 years in a row!
On Wednesday night, our teams were hosted for dinner by PraiseNation church of Morningstar, AL – a “suburb” of York 🙂 Pastor Dwayne Watson and his church family welcomed us and our home repair families with open arms for a delicious meal. We’re so thankful for the many churches in Sumter County that host us throughout the summer! Our devotion for the evening was based on the story of Mary and Martha. Have you ever noticed how foolish Mary is? A woman, breaking through the crowd of men to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from him when she “should” have been serving the guests… she was willing to sacrifice it all to know Jesus and be his disciple – even if it meant looking like a fool!
In Tuskegee, we were so excited to welcome new friends from Chillicothe UMC to help us end substandard housing in Macon County! This team served hard through the rain and storms with Ms. Turk in Notasulga. They made great progress repairing damaged sub-floors throughout the home. At day camp, this team showed their perseverance and flexibility as we moved locations unexpectedly when the schools closed on Tuesday afternoon due to Tropical Storm Cindy. This team took it all in stride and kept on loving Ms. Turk and our Sonshine day campers just the same. They were also able to visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum. We’re so glad they got to learn more about the rich history of the Tuskegee community as they served!