Friday, July 15, 2011

Camp Wherry by the Numbers

There are a number of ways to "measure" an event- here's Camp Wherry "by the numbers:

48 participants
18 children in Vacation Bible School each afternoon
562 man-hours of work (including painting, cleaning, mowing, weed eating, sidewalk installation,and speed bump removal)
75 guests from the community at the Block Party
1 trip to urgent care
72 craft activities completed
?? hours of sleep (not nearly enough!)
45 children at water day
1-5 degree high temperature (with three days over 100 degrees)

To "fuel this effort" we consumed:
30 pounds of sugar
75 gallons of tea, lemon aid, and kool-aid
14 gallons of milk
10 gallons of orange juice
18 dozen eggs
240 sausage balls
28 pounds of ground beef, chicken, and sausage
18 dozen servings of home-made cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and brownies

Seeds have been planted in the residents of this community and in the lives of our youth... pray as the Spirit brings this work to fruition!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Our Part In God's Plans

In 1Corinthians 3:5-9 Paul writes about how each of us has a part to play in God's work in our world. I am seeing that concept lived-out this week at Camp Wherry- our annual youth mission trip to the Wherry Housing Cooperative outside Smyrna TN.

As John Key, director of Community Servants, told our folks about how one of the units we are working on would most likely house a refugee family and another would provide affordable housing for a widow I could see eyes opening and wheels turning in the minds of our youth. They would most likely never see the end result of their labor or meet the families that would call these places home. Another group will pick-up next week where we leave the project until someone is handed a set of keys. We are a part of something far bigger than "us" this week. That's kingdom-building!

I am reminded that our work would not be possible without the labor provided by many of you before we even left home. You might not see the red-brick units or receive the gift of a smile from the child but you have played a part by praying for us, baking desserts, browning meats, rolling sausage balls, writing Bible stories, donating materials, supplying scholarships, and giving to our church budget.

There is no difference between the one who plants and the one who waters; God will reward each one according to the work they have done. For we are partners together with God. 1Corinthians 3:8-9a