7.23.2008

Work Camp

This week, Jason and I have take 7 jr. high students to a work camp in PA. We spent the last 3 nights on the floor of a church in sleeping bags. The first night was a little rough trying to sleep, but each night has gotten better.

We've spent our days helping out at a retirement community. On Monday, we worked with the most disabled residents. Most of them have demmentia and are unable to walk or hold conversation. We took about a dozen of them outside and sat with them for most of the morning. In the afternoon, the girls and helped out with "Glamour Day" by painting the ladies' fingernails. For those that managed to stay awake during the whole manicure, they were very appreciative. Tuesday, we worked at the assisted living facility by helping out with gardening in the morning and we played games with the residents in the afternoon. Today, we worked at the independent living residents' homes pulling weeds. It has been so nice to see the empty faces light up as they see us walk down the hallway. They are so delighted to have visitors that are young and full of life.

One thing that has been in my mind this whole week has been what Jesus said to Peter in John 21. Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." I pray that I don't waste my life on things that don't matter. I want the years that I get to live to count for eternity.

3 comments:

GoatFarmer said...

Newt-newt! You so rock!

Jill! said...

aww I'm so glad you posted this! It's so exciting what you guys got to do at week of hope. You're awesome. =)

Sarah J. said...

Sounds like fun. So yall only took 7 kids? Why only 7? How did you find out about the work camp and do they have a web site?

Sarah J.