Fall Mission Trip - Galveston Texas 2009

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Fall Mission Trip 2009 Galveston, Texas November 19 - 23, 2009 Lake Country Christian School stude...
Fall Mission Trip 2009 Galveston, Texas November 19 - 23, 2009 Lake Country Christian School students, thirteen in all, went to Galveston, Texas, this year on the school's 6th Annual Fall Mission Trip. They spent five days helping rebuild homes that had been damaged by Hurricane Ike. The students looked forward to serving in any way that God would direct. Working with One Mission Galveston, an organization that connects volunteer groups to people in need, the students tackled everything from demolition to restoration. For several days, a group of the LCCS students worked on a Victorian home built in the mid 1800s. The home had extensive damage caused by a fire five years earlier, and then it was deluged with five feet of water during the 2008 hurricane. Warped boards, sheetrock, ruined carpet, paneling, linoleum, etc,. were all carted out to the curb! The second house the students worked on belonged to a single elderly lady. Her house, in fact her whole neighborhood, had over eight feet of water from Hurricane Ike. The group hung sheetrock that had been started by another volunteer group two weeks earlier. They learned how to measure, cut, and use electric screwdrivers. One group worked on finish-outs for two other houses, i.e., cleaning baseboards, windows, carpets, and cleaning up final construction debris. The other group worked on installing insulation for both houses. It was exciting to be part of demo work one day, and then see the completion of the process the next. The houses were being prepared for the homeowners to return! Each evening when we came together for our evening devotion time, we talked about what God had done in our hearts while we were there. The team shared many things: understanding different ways of ministering, being grateful for all that God had blessed them with, being more compassionate, drawing closer to God, and so much more. My prayer had been that God would give the students each a moment of enlightenment, a deeper understanding of life and their God, and His work in all creation. Their words affirmed to me that that had happened. Pete, the leader of One Mission Galveston, said, "The work will always be here, but HIS WORK is now." We agreed that the temporal work we did has eternal impact. Thanks be to God. It is amazing what God can do in just five short days. My heart is full of gratitude for God's handiwork in showing us Himself on this wonderful trip.