FRIDAY, JULY 1
THURSDAY, JUNE 30
Today 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.
In 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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
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
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
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.
Before 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.
Lots 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.
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
The 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.
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.
For information about the Passion Play and its rich history in the Eureka Springs area, check out http://www.greatpassionplay.com/.