Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A little bit of wrap-up...

It was an incredible two weeks.  We're all in "recovery" mode now and I'm so thankful for those leaders that took the two-week challenge.  It's a sprint from start to finish during the two weeks but we wouldn't trade it for the world.  

I asked my leaders to come up with some numbers to show the sheer volume of things that were done just during high school week.  We had 58 high school students from two different PA churches serving on 9 work crews at over 15 different work sites in 7 different communities with 5 church partnerships. 

Here's some of the other numbers my volunteers came up with:
41,000 aluminum cans removed from a house
650 screws in a wheelchair ramp built in Cavendish
28+ smiling and loved on kids at VBS in Springfield
250 bottles of maple syrup filled, labeled and stocked at Taylor Farm in Londonderry
Over 7000 pieces of wood stacked at The Colonial House in Weston
Over 1600 pieces of bread consumed 
20+ Pickups, deliveries, and dump runs by the Love Works Truck
Over 1800 community service hours
7 nights of evening programming including worship, messages, and fun
2 baptisms

14 vehicles that traveled home

This trip is more than just numbers - it's about life change both in the hearts of our students and those that we serve.  It's about learning to live in community and getting to experience a different part of our world. It's also about learning that they can make an impact in a community that isn't their own during their high school career so that they know they can do the same by themselves as they get older.  

Thanks for being a part (even if just by reading) of SERVE 2017.  I won't say this is my last blog of the summer.  There's probably a few more things rattling around in my head that are worthy of sharing.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Final Photos!

The last of the photos (Saturday/Sunday) are in two albums!
You can find them here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/NnUiimkDOEq8Jorv2
https://photos.app.goo.gl/0leTozPwQHzUEnoA3

Traveling Home

First Caravan:
Everyone not in second Caravan below :)
Arrival time between 5 and 6

Second Caravan:
Arrival Time Between 6 and 7

Scarlett
Caroline
Bert
Skyler
Gina
Jack
Dan B
Andrew V
Daniel V
Ashley Harper
Riley
Krishna
Jacob
Alexis
Martin
Elaina
Maddie

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pictures from yesterday!

Our covenant night was last night so we weren't able to get the pictures up until now, but here are the pictures from Friday!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

More pictures!

Here are Thursday's pictures!

Thursday Update

It's the second to last day of work projects and we had another great day although the weather hasn't been the best this week.  We dodged rain drops again today for the first part of the day and the sun played games with us all afternoon.  Even with those obstacles - wood was stacked, maple syrup bottled, trash taken to the dump, a VBS run, a porch scraped, a playground painted, a wheelchair ramp finished, a family helped, many appliances moved to a basement, a summer camp cleaned up, a senior lunch served and a whole lot more that didn't get caught on camera!  

I (Tim) get the amazing opportunity to drive around to various work sites every day and interact with both our students that are serving and the people they are working for.  I can't tell you how many people are just blown away by these kids.  They can't fathom why'd they'd even come here for a week to do service work.  I often get questions like: "Are they in trouble?" "Do they have to do this for school?" and I try to tell them and convince them that no they just want to be here and get so much joy out of serving others.  I spoke with homeowners, pastors, organization leaders, business owners and more today that were blown away by the amount of work these kids poured out on work sites today.  

Enjoy the pictures when they get posted in a bit and soak in just how amazing this group of students really is!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Serve Teams



Our theme of this week is Survival and our team names come from the names of Vermont State Parks.  We specifically chose State Park names that highlight the diversity and uniqueness of Vermont.  We have 9 different teams working every day this week putting in over 1800 community service hours in the communities of Londonderry, Weston, Cavendish, Springfield, and Chester.  Each picture below represents a team, their name, and a short listing of the projects they have worked on so far.  Each team leaves First Baptist in Chester every morning and returns sometime in the late afternoon before we eat.  It's been an incredible week so far - there's so much more to come!


Little River

Serving at the Whale of a Sale and other odd jobs!



Team New Discovery

Serving at The Collaborative and Taylor Farm


Kingsland Bay

Serving at Calvary Baptist VBS!


Quechee

Serving at First Baptist Church, Camp Good News, and many other odd jobs!


Stillwater

Serving at First Baptist South Londonderry and two family projects!




Mt. Ascutney

Serving at Whale of a Sale, Taylor Farm, and other odd jobs!



Fort Drummer

Serving in Cavendish doing MANY projects!


Silver Lake

Serving at the Colonial House this week stacking wood!


Wood's Island

Serving at the Family Center in Springfield!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pictures!

We had a bit of a slow start due to rain today, but all of our teams made it out and did some work!

Here are the pictures from Sunday.

As well as the pictures from Monday!