Saturday, June 2, 2012

Flashback: Destination; Joplin (2008)

As I prepare for Destination: Pine Bluff, the seventh Destination: Mission trip (fifth summer trip), I'm reflecting a lot on where it began....

This was the first Destination; Mission team, students from First UMC - Siloam Springs.

This is the post I made, on Thursday morning - the first "full" day of the trip.

We're here, and we're having a good time.
Today (Thursday) We are at the Ronald McDonald House. We'll learn about their services, help them get ready for their 10th anniversary and make supper for the parents/kids staying at the house today. - We're making spaghetti and homemade meatballs!

Here are a few scenes from yesterday (Wednesday).

We're Famous (pt. 1)

We're at the Ronald McDonald House in Joplin and we're famous!
Two tv stations - KSNF and KOAM - came to interview the kids and Tara (the house manager), about younger students doing service projects.
The KOAM reporter - a recent UofA grad - interviewed Scott, Laura and Elizabeth - they were awesome! You would be very proud of their interviews.
(Who knew that Elizabeth plans to go to the video and see......)

We'll upload more pics from our day this weekend, but here's one of the interview shots!

Half Way Through
It's Friday morning, and we're at the half-way point in the trip.
Today we'll go to the Lafayette House, to do a day camp with the students and of course, the beloved water games.

Everyone is looking forward to horseback riding tonight - a good reward after two long days of work.

You would be very proud of your students. I know I am. They worked very hard yesterday. Trust me, It was a LONG day filled with washing white metal fences, pulling weeds, dusting, vacuuming, did I mention dusting?, washing windows, and well, doing everything that needed to be completed on a Thursday as well.

Of course it was fun, they got to stick their hands in raw meat - to make the meatballs. Even Adrianne and Megan did it - groaning all the time - but everyone can say they helped make some part of supper for the RMH guests.

At both the Bridge (Rock Climbing) and yesterday at the RMH, your students have received compliments concerning their attitudes, behavior and work ethic. They are fabulous students - yes a bit annoying at times - but they are a really great group of kids.

From the answers students were giving as they have been talking about the trip to others - outside our group - I can truly say, the message "Not to be served, but to serve" is sinking in.

The posts may come randomly today. I'm not sure a) if we'll have wifi; and b) if Maribeth will let me back on her computer - they made me leave mine at home.....I'll post when I can; and also when we get back home - so you can see pics from today.

Thank you for entrusting your students to us, and letting them have this experience.

(FYI - I'm moving posts from an old blog, to this one to capture the memories of the first few Destination; Trips.)

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