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Philadelphia Mission Trip Day Four

We started off the day today by going to Harold O. Davis summer camp to help with the kids. It was very fun because we actually took them to the local pool. After that we went to the West Philadelphia branch of the Salvation Army. It was almost 100 degrees today so luckily they let us stay inside. We helped to organize a food pantry and bag rice for distribution. We also visited the West Philadelphia high school and I have to say, it impacted me. It is an inner ... Read More »

Philadelphia Mission Trip Day Three

We had a great day today. Today we switched up the groups. Group 1 became group 2, and group 2 became group 1, but just for today. My group went to the summer camp today with Ashley. We got to spend a great amount of time with kids from Philadelphia. They are very lovable kids and they are great to work with. As soon as we got there all of the kids started interacting with us. The age range was very drastic from 6 to 12-year-olds. They are a very ... Read More »

Philadelphia Mission Trip Day Two

Today we started the day off by doing a devotional about relationships and interactions with other people. As usual our group slept in the van on the way to our first site, so we had no idea how long we were driving and where we were going. We put our lives into the hands of our fearless leader Steve; he always takes charge and gets the job done. When we got out of the van we were each handed a dollar and tasked with feeding ourselves and also feed some ... Read More »

Philadelphia Mission Trip Day One

What a busy day. Today, my group and I had almost the full Philly experience, at least according to our guide. We started out helping at a summer camp for underprivileged kids. We were told to make friends with the kids because we are going to be working with them almost every day this week. The kids were excited to see us and we were quickly able to break the ice between us and the kids. After we played with them for about half an hour, we went on a ... Read More »

CSM Student Mission Trip Reflection by Sarah Heier and Tom Evans (ft. Gavin Hartin & Taylor Manley)

Today, we split into groups to help all across the city. My group along with Jeremy headed into the Bronx to help fix up a women’s shelter so they could pass inspection. Although many of the women were out searching for homes while we painted and cleaned, the women there greeted and thanked us graciously. Around 3:00, all of the students met in Grand Central station for free time around the city. This free time consisted of stops at “Dylan’s Candy Bar” and “Gray’s Papaya Dog” which both provided us ... Read More »

CSM Student Mission Trip Reflections by Emily Cochran and Sam Greenfield

The day began when group one was woken up at 6:30am for breakfast. After restlessly getting ourselves together, our group finally made it out the door and headed for CAMBA. When we arrived our supervisor, Jamal, gave us a tour and gave us background information about the work CAMBA does and facts about homelessness in New York City. Roughly forty two thousand people are recognized as homeless in the city. This does not include teenagers under the age of 18, excludes cases of homelessness due to domestic violence, and does ... Read More »

CSM Student Mission Trip Reflections by Mason Dickerson and David Matthews

Today, our adventures took us all over this wonderful city of New York. From helping the random homeless that we could on the street, to carrying coolers down the subway steps for elderly street vendors, we as a group worked to spread hope for the underprivileged of New York. The most moving moment for me, was walking out of the 5th avenue subway, after eating in the heart of the Bronx. Seeing the drastic contrasts within just 5 miles and 10 minutes on the subway was perplexing. We traveled the ... Read More »

CSM Student Mission Trip Reflection by Ben Potts

God speaks in funny ways, and he often does it before we expect him to. Sunday morning, I was doing a little bit of last-second packing before leaving for the bus. I spotted my watch up on my dresser and slipped it on, figuring that it would be nice to know what time it is whenever I want. I love knowing what time it is—at times it becomes an obsession. My family drove me to the bus, prepped me for the trip, our leaders prayed for us, and we boarded ... Read More »

CSM – Friday blog

Blog-readers, On the first night we learned how much the city has changed from how it was originally. It used to be a predominantly African American community of freed slaves from the south. However, the price of housing has increased so much that the residents who used to occupy the city have been pushed/forced into government funded housing. This process to live in a government funded home is not as easy as it sounds; there is an 8 year wait for housing in the city with approximately 28,000 families in ... Read More »

CSM – Thursday blog

This week has been a great time; it has gone by extremely quick. I have had the pleasure to meet new people, help out less fortunate persons and grow in my faith. Everyone from Floris is so friendly and open so it is very easy to enjoy time together. Driving to different sites is so great because my driver is fantastic and a truly sincere young lady. I hope I will get the chance to go on this trip again next summer. -Chris Murray This week has been such an ... Read More »

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