Youth complete mission work in Eureka Springs

missiontripredoTHE WHOLE CREW!

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 1

downthebanks mission sethBonding time.  At worship this stormy morning, Seth shared his mission testimony.  The crew worships at Thorncrown church, then they head for home.

IMG_1368 IMG_1370At the chapel.

 

 

 

IMG_1354 IMG_1308The crew.  The pic at  the right is with Christ of the Ozarks.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 30

michellewkidsToday is the last 1/2 day of work.  The crew will take a cave tour this afternoon. Daily routine has been devotion, breakfast, work site, free time before supper, evening worship, more group time discussion (re: days events and our daily word for the day), lights out.

 

“The transformation of many of these youth (and adults) rings true with the scripture today…Psalm 139:13-16. Have a great day everyone.”                                         Kevin Feleay, youth wrangler, Mission Trip 2016

For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:13-16

tourbusbuswashLOOK OUT!  The youth are cleaning the tour bus this morning (some are even dreaming of DRIVING the beast).

 

 

pteradPterodactyl group pic.

 

 

 

calvary groupfinal pvc seaofgalilee signs2 signsinplace tickrepellent1 ticks2 ticks3In these pictures, we see more of the half day of work today.  Some of the kids laid down tick repellant along the paths, others put signs in all those post holes they dug, and some got to carry a big PVC pipe down an ugly hill.

 

 

 

dinner last nightDinner at a restaurant for our hard-working crew!

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

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STARSTRUCK:  Here is a scene from the Passion Play last night.  Click on the left picture to enlarge.  Then look in the bottom right-hand corner.  There he is!  Kevin McDowell in a long white robe!

The right picture is a scene from the Last Supper.

“[The play was] amazing!  The excitement of youth and Kev being in it, excitement of seeing our works, the awesome story of Christ…very glad we experienced it.”                                                                        Michelle Caudill, youth group sponsor

 

workshirtGuess what today is?  IT’S WORK SHIRT WEDNESDAY!

 

 

 

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crosscarry dj gold IMG_1062 IMG_1063Some of the youth carried the 90+ lb. cross.  Then there was more painting (stay in the lines on that temple door) and caring for the animals who are in the show.

 

 

 

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kev:camel animalsspiderThe group had some time to visit some of the animals from the show and talk with their trainers.  In the picture to the near left, one of our brave youth rescued the rest from a very scary spider!

 

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28

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IT’S TIE-DYE TUESDAY!  (Can you tell?)  The gang is very excited because tonight they get to see the Passion Play!  EXCITING LATE-BREAKING NEWS:  Seven youth and Kevin McDowell are going to be extras in the first scene of the production tonight.

 

2lunchprep 2sponsorsBefore heading out for more painting and fence building, the crew pack their lunches.  Leaders each have their own research to do.  For example, Shawn has the important job of searching for a cure for chigger bites.

 

3amorningdevotion13morningdevotionThe group spends some time at morning devotion before heading out.

 

 

 

2kevsTwo of our sponsors are working on their beard-growing.  (One had a bit of a head-start.)

 

 

 

4chorescleanup 4chorespaint 4chorestinypainters13528807_10205441771758491_5361726302194518338_n morepaintingpaint2paint paint3paintingbreadrakingset more rakingwatercarrierLots more painting.  In fact, one of the jobs is painting the white lines on the stairs leading to the stage.  There is lots of activity today because there is a show tonight.   In addition to painting and fence work, some of the crew is in charge of energizing some of the plants at the entrance to the facilities.

 

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The best times are the times to get to know each other.  Fun includes some “Sorry” and a heated game of spoons.

 

On the bottom row, Andrew and Sam play “Pterodactyl.”  Seth, Andrew and K2 (Kevin squared)  don their tie-dye.

 

 

 

MONDAY, JUNE 27

missiontripredoThe crew of kids from Pleasant Hill UMC and their sponsors have safely made it to Eureka Springs, AR.  Their assignment — working at the Passion Play.  Today they are doing general clean-up of the area and getting their assignments for their stay.

 

 

wait1 wait2 wait3Here are some familiar faces waiting for their assignments this morning. (Photos by MCaudill & KFeleay)

overview Here is an overview of the Passion Play set.  On stage, the Easter story comes to life from the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October.

 

 

paint3 paint2 paint1The painting has begun!

 

 

 

airconditioning ashley windowsOne of the tasks for the week is ‘air-conditioning’ some of the bus transportation at the facility.  After windows are removed, Ashley is putting the windows away in safe storage.

 

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Another job has been digging post holes and clearing land.  For example, in the pictures above, Seth and Noah are  clearing the way for a new fence from Bethlehem to the Sea of Galilee.  In the picture to the left, D.J., Seth and Alfred are working to expand the marketplace for more storefront.

 

2noahworship 2worshipwaitThe day ended with worship time.  Noah shared his day with the rest of the crew.

 

 

 

For information about the Passion Play and its rich history in the Eureka Springs area, check out http://www.greatpassionplay.com/.

wall stageofplayTo the left, see the view of where the audience sits.  (far left) In addition to the Passion play, audience members can also see sights like this piece of the Berlin Wall.

 

 

3churchofgroveinterior 3churchofgroveChurch of the Grove.  This little beauty was scheduled to be demolished until a non-profit had it moved to the Passion Play site.

 

 

3sceneryjesus 3scenerySome of the scenery at the Passion Play.

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