Maybe it was the weather – the high was around 77 with bright blue skies. Maybe it was that we all got to experience new works sites. Maybe it was that our work groups have really gelled and we’ve made friends out of strangers.
Maybe. But the more likely reason for this being such a good day – I think – is that it was Erin P’s birthday.
The birthday girl came back from devotionals to find her room… er, her space in the room decorated.
But even though it was her birthday – it was straight to work for this girl – and the rest of us.
Several of our guys who had been working at houses the past couple days now got to try their hands at Kids Club.
They helped with games
and the scripture lesson and reading time.
The other group that switched from painting to Kids Club… well, I can’t talk about them. It’s just too painful. Some how Daniel, Emma S, and Lucy lucked out and headed to a lake for the day with kids. Yup, swimming, playing games on the beach, and even a little sunbathing. Isn’t mission so challenging?
The middler girls spent their day blitz painting a house – and doing an amazing job. If you ever need any help with some painting at home, I can recommend a few now qualified painters.
And enthusiastic ones too.
Not everyone did a lot of painting – as there were kids to play with!
In the evening – after glorious showers where poor Emma H had to scrub out some paint in her hair thanks to a certain adult leader (not me!) dripping some on her while up high on a ladder – we had dinner at the local park.
This dinner is the community dinner – where friends we’ve worked with and served come and enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs (or veggie burgers) and fellowship with the YouthWorks crew. By now all of us had worked with Kids Club so we had some friends to see again.
But, as great fun as all that was, it really was the birthday girl’s celebrations that topped everything off.
There were presents,
and lots and lots of laughter.
What a blessing!