Well I'm here pool side at the Holiday inn of 6 flags in St. Louis as I enjoy conversation after conversation with jr hi kids and the sponsors. This is the first report of I hope a few about how this trip of trips has been going. I can't believe it but this is my 5th trip with 7&8 grade trips (which means the 6th grade trip next month will be my 4th with that age group) all I can say to that is thank you Lord for allowing me to be a part of such a great group.
This first day has been about traveling, working, and playing. We traveled to Hannibal, MO from NCBC where we were at 3 different services project areas. We got a chance to help a habitat for humanity home where a group of 25 mudded dry wall, dug ditches for lines coming out of the house, and general clean up. The 2nd location was the Hannibal Nutrition Center where we did a lot of outdoor yard work, and the last group traveled to a local Hannibal walking trail and cleaned it up. All three groups were planning to use about 3.5 hours to get their services projects done. All the groups were done in 2.5 hours or less. A comment from one of the people we were working for was, "We didn't think jr hi kids could get this much done, let alone do it so extremely well." The group worked until they were tired, hot, and very dirty. One young lady realized she had a pocket full of dirt in her pants after traveling in the bus for an hour.
Then it was back on the buses for the trip to Holiday inn and time of pool playing, talking, eating pizza, and general fun - fun - fun. It has been awesome. We are just about to start our devotionals in our rooms and then it is off to sleep-tomorrow is 6 flags.