After 19 hours and 1500 miles later, 17 of our Junior High students and leaders made it to Chattanooga, TN. Not your typical joy ride, but the trip was a great opportunity for our youth to use their energy and talents. God has blessed them with many opportunities to do different activities and help out the community.
We stayed at The Gathering, a church on the north side of Chattanooga. The students were mixed around into five crews with the two other youth groups that joined us. These crews not only worked together at each work site but also prepared and cleaned up our meals each day.
Some of the work sites and activities our students participated in were:
- Playing, reading, and praying with elderly people in assisted living centers
- Playing with and entertaining toddlers or preschoolers
- Clearing brush for a new trail at a local state park
- Filling hundreds of boxes at a local food bank
- Moving 500 bricks from the rubble of a 150 year old house for new walking paths
After a hard day’s work, the group participated in fun evening activities such as climbing around Rock City atop Lookout Mountain and playing at a downtown park. You ask any student who went, and they will all tell you about the cool on-site worship service on our last night. It was very unifying for our group, allowing our students to understand God in a whole new way.
We, as leaders, are proud of each and every one of them for the mature attitude they held throughout the trip. We are encouraged to see the great men and women God is growing them into. See more pictures on our Facebook Page.