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So today was hot and there was a lot of work to be done. We finished up on yesterdays site and then moved on to a new one today. We chopped down dead trees, washed windows and two cars. We had an awesome scavenger hunt tonight in Branson. We visited the Fudgery, which was quite fun and tastey. I am very tired and cant wait to hit the bed.
YES!!!! I cannot believe how much fun this is. At this moment all of the Hillsboro gang are gathered in the media room blogging!!!!! What fun. We are almost finished with our back ramp. Just need handrails. The meal tonight, chicken fajitas, salad, you name it they served it. Snack time, still hot brownies. I know Nancy has not had this many good meals in a row in her life! Activities were sports competition and my work team along with Abbey’s were incredible. We both have perfect 0-4 records. We rock. Why mess up a good thing. We are looking forward to another day of fun and I must say, these kids are amazing! More good kids out there than we ever hear about. It certainly restores your faith in the future when you see them.
Well, it is worship time so we best get going.
On the first day of mission trip my team’s project was to put skirting on a mobile home. The work site is in Galena. Jake is also in my group. The owner of the property came and talked to us. She was very grateful. We finished that project in one day.
On the way to our work site we saw a turkey who practically acted like a dog by guarding the house. Today my team went back to the same and added handrails. Lets simply say we’re better at skirtting. Then it was very funny because we had to insert screws but Jake chose to hammer them in. It didn’t go very well despite his efforts. Tonight we played games. We are 4 and 0.
WoW! The days just keep getting better. Today we hauled like 100,000 lbs of wood from a man’s house and hauled it off on a trailer. It was kind of intense, but we got the work done. After we got back from the work site and showered we headed to the park to get our game on. My team one all 4 games. We rocked at ultimate frisbee, scored some homeruns in kickball, hooped it up in flicker ball, and smacked it down on the volleyball court. My team dominated today and i am oh so pumped! We are team champions! Man i cant wait for tomorrow, do a some more work and then come back and have my team dominate again. I can’t wait, I am having a blast!
Well hello again! Just writing to say that things are quite swell here in the hills of Kimberling City. We just returned from a marathon of sporting events, also known as our evening activity. No we will not be able to take additional showers, so we’ll be stinking up our sheets tonight! We played flickerball, kickball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. Though my team didn’t do as well as I would have liked (we’ve got a girl with a broken foot and an adult that will have knee surgery Monday), we all had fun and suffered no further injuries. Karen will elaborate. Okay have to run to worship, will write again soon.
Today my team hit the work hard on and off the worksite. We dug post-holes for our wheel chair ramp in a vicious manner, and we just got back from playing an amazing medly of games including: ultimate frizbee, and three other games that we lost in. It was a great day. Now it’s time for worship, but we are still super pumped. ttyl
As you all probably know, the Sr. High mission trip is happening this week in Missouri. I know the mission trippers appreciate any and all prayers for them and the work they are doing this week. Apart from Hillsboro, there are over 1,500 youth and adults from the Central Texas Conference doing mission work this week throughout Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri. Please pray for all involved, that lives are touched and God’s Grace is shown to all, and for safety, on the job site and on the return trip. Also, check out at the church’s web site, the mission trippers are posting comments there and you can read all about what they are up to this week.
This Sunday (June 22)
I look forward to meeting all you youth and getting to know y’all. We’ll be having youth at the same youth time, same youth channel this week, so come on out. I’d love to meet you!
David and Mandi, a little about us
I am excited to be serving here at FUMC Hillsboro! For the past two years I have been serving as the youth director at FUMC Hico. I am currently a student at Brite Divinity School at TCU and am a little over halfway through with my classes. I graduated from Texas Tech, and grew up about an hour north of here in Haslet, TX.
Mandi is going to start teaching at Whitney High School in the fall as a 9th grade English teacher. She is an Aggie (Whoop!), so needless to say during football season there is a little heightened tension at our house (that is until the Red Raiders have secured victory for another year).
Mandi and I would like to thank everyone at the church for welcoming us so warmly. We look forward to serving here and getting to know everyone.
Forgiveness is tricky. It seems we want it when we are WRONG and don’t want to extend it when we are WRONGED. Actually as Christians we should be more about forgiving than we often are.
I have some practical ways of becoming more forgiving. It comes from a book titled “The unofficial United Methodist Handbook.” Here are the suggestions with personal insights added.
- Acknowledge that God forgives you. If you first remember that God forgives sinners like you, it becomes easier to forgive someone else.
- Consult Scripture. You know, it’s that big black book that has those hard to read sections with all the lists of names.
- Seek the person out whenever possible. Person to person is great but cell phone to cell phone is not bad. A hand written note is not bad either.
- Say, “I forgive you.” Notice it doesn’t say, “Fess up, you jerk.” You might want to consult Jesus on this one. Even on the cross, he forgave those around Him.
- It is not easy to do so pray for the power of the power to forgive.
Now, be aware, you may not see results right away. After all, the other person has to have enough time to accept and forgive as well. However, know this, unless you are big enough to humble yourself, it will never get done.
Peace and grace. Reed
Well we all arrived safely on Sunday Evening about 5:45pm. The drive up was good - kids slept, Karen told stories, Jake and Nancy fiddeled with their cell phones/game “thingy”, etc. Of course Jade slept the longest.
I am on Team 1. There are 8 teams here in our living center at Kimberling City UMC. My team is building a wheelchair ramp for a couple, both of which are wheelchair bound. The Campbells live on the James river and back in March, with all the rain, their house was flooded (about 4 feet of water in the house - Hmm shades of “Katrina”). So they are just getting back in their house as it had to be “gutted” and rebuilt.
As usual, the kids are great. Was hoping someone would have a digital camera that we could upload pictures from so you could see what was “happening”, and I think we may have some this evening when we return from the job site.
Keep praying for the operation up here. Safety, good health, and all that stuff.
Until next time….