Sunday, July 27, 2008

Outrunning Dolly

It's been a crazy week. Hurricane Dolly forced us to come home early from our mission trip. We just had our Mission Trip Reflections Service, so Student Choir is on break until September. I had a blast getting to know our students and the sponsors this week. Here's a recap of how the week went:

Sunday: We sang on Sunday Morning at Lamb of God Church. Our group doubled their worship attendance. Nathan preached with an interpreter and did a great job. We took our students to a buffet for lunch. Let me tell you, the green salsa at the restaurant was hot, hot, hot! We then sang at another church in the area on Sunday night. It was also a bilingual congregation. Our students did an amazing job.

Monday and Tuesday: Starting on Monday, we split up into two groups: construction at Lamb of God Church and our VBS crew. I was on the VBS crew in charge of music time. Actually, I just handed it off to our students who were more than capable. We originally planned to do VBS through Friday before Hurricane Dolly pushed us out. In spite of only having two days for VBS, we still had 29 children pray to accept Christ! Praise God! Our construction crew installed a baptistry, built cabinetry in the church's kitchen, did some trim work, installed doors and painted. I was able to paint some on Tuesday afternoon. You've never seen a harder working group of young people.

Wednesday: This is where we ran from Dolly. The hurricane's eye was predicted to pass right through where we were. We didn't want to risk being stranded, so we left early. We spent the night at a hotel in San Antonio. Wednesday night ended up being our annual Senior Night when the seniors will items and honors to younger students. Silly stuff like the right to interrupt a conversation whenever you please, but serious stuff too. The most touching part of the evening was when the sponsors read letters written by the parents of each student. Tears were shed.

Thursday/Friday/Saturday Thursday was all about getting home. I took advantage of Tangie and the girls being out of town and hung out at Jeff and Brandy Schroder's house till 3:00. I spent Friday resting and taking care of some chores around the house. Saturday was yet another travel day as I met my Father-in-law at Shreveport to pick up my family. It was like heaven seeing my girls again.

Now, after all that I'm very tired. I'm having a hard time keeping my eyes open as I type this. So I will leave you with this little video that some of our students made while driving home. The song is "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Disney's Mulan. Enjoy a good chuckle!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an awesome video. Those guys are hysterical

Anonymous said...

Mark,
Thanks for sharing. I do enjoy the reading -- and today the chuckle indeed over the fun and creativity. Great too that so many accepted Jesus -- great job to all.

The Panni Family said...

That was awesome!!! Keep it show you can show these guys when they have children!!! Also I noticed noone had seat belts on!!!!! Shame on ya'll!!!!