God is good. He is faithful and compassionate, delighting in His children and ever providing for each need. Today was a day to grow in our relationships with each other, reflect on the week, and celebrate God’s goodness.
We began this morning with a 6:45am prayer breakfast hosted by the church where we are staying for the week. The gentleman I sat with has been coming consistently to this Friday breakfast for 14 years. We definitely enjoyed the southern breakfast, complete with grits, biscuits and gravy, and sweet tea!
We had a few hours of free time in the morning and early afternoon, and we were eager to take advantage of it! The staff took us to a river where we had the option to jump off of a rope swing into the water. It was a great adventure!! After that we headed to Lake Murray for lunch and some playtime.
After worship and showers, we headed off to a community cookout in the neighborhood where we have been working all week. It was definitely the perfect way to end our week! It was such fun! We played with the kids, talked with new friends, and enjoyed some watermelon and hot dogs. The gathering had a really great feel to it – like being with family. It was evident that this community has really embraced and appreciated all of the students that have been working there all summer. It will be exciting to see how God transforms this community over the next few years.
Finally, our trip to South Carolina is ending in the perfect way (well, at least for Higher Ground) – as I write this I am listening to an “Open Mic Night”. These students love to praise God together and celebrate each other’s gifts! They are excited to share those talents and passions with you at our Brunch on August 24th from noon-2. Come join us as we share stories and pictures from both the middle school and high school mission trips.
As you read this we will be in the vans driving back to Madison – ready to hug our loved ones (and sleep on real mattresses!) We sincerely thank you for all of your love and support of our youth!