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Halfway Through Camp Hutchison

So, let’s take four weeks of the summer, about a hundred kids, a comparable number of volunteers and see what we get! Overall, what we get is not “Camp Hutchison”; rather, what we get is “utter chaos.” This time, though, Floris UMC has really got it right. We’re halfway through the Camp Hutchison program, and we’ve had no serious issues or problems. Minds are growing, hearts are changing, and a community is moving toward God. I’ve volunteered with Camp Hutchison for the past four years. Even so, when I came ... Read More »

Harnessed in God’s Love

I’m afraid of heights so you can imagine the panic I felt when our crew leader on my recent mission trip to Memphis announced, “We’ll be working on the roof.” My mind raced frantically, “How am I going to do this? I’m going to have to go up there. What kind of leader would I be if I didn’t?” All the while, the thought of getting on the roof terrified me. The first day we were shown how to put on harnesses and how to “hook in” so that if ... Read More »

Thankful for the Memories

Sadly today was our last day of working and playing with the kids at VBS. At the church we were able to finish painting a wall that we had worked on plastering and sanding down a few days before, so it was really cool to see the final product. However, my favorite part of the day was definitely playing with the kids at VBS. Since it was our last day with them we had a celebration with cake, candy, and a piñata. They all loved it! I had a blast ... Read More »

Learning in Costa Rica

This is my second Costa Rica mission trip and I can honestly tell you I have never stopped learning. I have not only made relationships with the people here but I have also furthered my relationship with God and with my own missionaries on this trip. Every day is a little different since there is another church from North Carolina here working at the same church as us. Most of my mornings have been spent preparing for VBS with the kids in the afternoon, but planning and executing are two ... Read More »

A Costa Rican Roller Coaster

This is my first blog post from Costa Rica in the five years that I have been at this camp, which is sad but also good because at least you know that this week was important enough for me to write about. This week already has been a roller coaster ride for me; in particular, I found out that the young girl I have bonded with for the past four years has moved. But I found other girls that remembered me, and I found it humbling to focus not on ... Read More »

We Put Others First

Today was the second day of the adventure here in Costa Rica. After getting used to the schedule of the first day, I feel as if I have been here longer than just two full days. The experiences I have gone through are so inspiring that two days just doesn’t seem like enough time! Today we woke up and went outside for devotional time. I got to go sit by myself and think about different ways that God can move us. Sitting out there is the most amazing feeling, being ... Read More »

Seven Billion Stories

Alajuela, Costa Rica is a place of many differences. One of the first things I noticed was how different the streets are; many of them are one-way and narrower than the streets back home. Drivers do use their turn signals, which is an even bigger difference. There is also a huge variety of plant life. It feels a little bit like living out in the wild, with vines growing on fences and trees growing to gargantuan proportions just outside the door. The people are different; friendlier, happier, for the most ... Read More »

The Highlight of the Week

[Editor’s Note: Last week, several high school students from Floris UMC were in Memphis, TN with an organization called Service Over Self (SOS). While in Memphis, they participated in inner city mission work such as working on homes, serving at soup kitchens and helping out at food banks. This week we are sharing some of the stories from students who participated in this trip.] It has been an incredible week in Memphis. It has blessed me so much to watch our students grow. They have found deeper relationships with each ... Read More »

Twenty Things I Learned in Memphis

[Editor’s Note: Last week, several high school students from Floris UMC were in Memphis, TN with an organization called Service Over Self (SOS). While in Memphis, they participated in inner city mission work such as working on homes, serving at soup kitchens and helping out at food banks. This week we are sharing some of the stories from students who participated in this trip.] Twenty Things I Learned in Memphis You are significant in God’s eyes. Team work makes the dream work. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. ... Read More »

Becoming Less

[Editor’s Note: This week, several high school students from Floris UMC are in Memphis, TN with an organization called Service Over Self (SOS). While in Memphis, they will be doing inner city mission work such as working on homes, serving at soup kitchens and helping out at food banks. This week we are sharing some of the stories from students participating in this trip.] Today I was woken up at 6:30 by the song Sweet Home Alabama being blasted through the halls. After a breakfast of sausage, potatoes and peppers, ... Read More »

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