Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SPY Day 3

Today was our first day on the job site! Being a big group, we are split into two work teams this year.  
Team Orange led by Rich and Kari spent the day working on pulling up some carpeting and flooring that needs replacing. I want to share a really wonderful story from team orange today. One of the churches that's here this week brought several prayer shawls a few ladies in their church had made.  These shawls were prayed over here in worship yesterday morning and then various work teams were able to take them to give to those in need that we encounter this week. When we went to visit our worksites yesterday, we discovered that the homeowner for team Orange's worksite just lost her grandmother two days ago. So team orange was able to give this prayer shawl to the homeowner along with offering a prayer for her and her family. Sherri was so touched and felt so blessed by this gesture! I thank God every day that I get to work with these amazing youth! 

Team Maroon led by Jeff and me finally got our new assignment for the week.  We are working on gutting a trailer, doing cool seal on the roof and doing a few other repair projects along with some yard work.  While we don't currently have a homeowner, this house soon will. Unfortunately, this trailer had been functioning as a pot house. We don't know much more than that, but either by choice or by force, it is now vacant.  A woman from Fieldstone UMC has acquired this trailer and once renovations are complete, it will serve as a shelter for battered and abused women.  It is such a beautiful story of new creation and redemption and we feel so blessed and honored to be a part of the creation of what will be an amazing place of ministry. 

After dinner we played some awesome Minute to Win It games then the youth were surprised to receive their agape from the church. Thank you so much to those who wrote notes and cards of encouragement to the mission team. They were touched that even people they didn't know are praying for them and thinking about them. 

Tomorrow it's back to our work sites! Thank you for all your love, prayers and support.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Lyndsie Blakely 

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