Today was a day full of manual labor and team time! After a restful night of sleep and an hour with God we ate a delicious breakfast prepared by Jeremy’s sister and grandparents. It was filling and gave us strength to get through a morning of manual labor (Thank you so much!). Our morning was spent cleaning doors, windows, and pews inside the church before we headed outside to pull weeds. The flower beds were completely taken over by weeds but because of the quick work of our students, we were able to remove all of the weeds!
Half of our team went out into the community after lunch and walked door-to-door of the businesses to ask if they needed any manual labor done. Nick, Matt, Jess, Moriah, and Mikayla were able to pray with a lady after they washed windows and weeded around the sidewalk for her. They said that she was very blessed by what they were doing! After everyone returned back to the church we spent time delivering mail and auctioning off the lost and found items we have collected over the summer. Michael was our big spender that ended up giving most of the items back to the original owner! There were many laughs throughout our auction. The Ben took the opportunity to spend time teaching the students about worship and what authentic worship looks like. We then divided into Discipleship groups where the students were able to debrief about Momentum and what God did in their lives that week. It was great to hear about what went well for the students and what was difficult for them.
Following another delicious meal by the church, we loaded the bus and headed to a community pool. Tonight was a district pool party for the youth groups in the many churches within the district. It was a unique night as we were able to do ministry alongside of Team 123 because the church they are currently staying at is in the same district. We saw many students have conversations with the teenagers and parents in attendance. Chassidy was able to spend the entire time talking with one lady and have some in-depth conversations.
Today was a great day for Team 314 as we jumped right back into ministry and learning. Continue to pray that God would use us in great ways this last week of ministry!

Cary-Grace cleaning the doors.

Cary-Grace cleaning the doors.


Mikayla taking the time to clean all of the windows in the church.

Mikayla taking the time to clean all of the windows in the church.


Josh S. cleaning all the dust off of the walls.

Josh S. cleaning all the dust off of the walls.


Kate and Elyssa having fun while pulling weeds.

Kate and Elyssa having fun while pulling weeds.


It takes a group effort to get rid of all of these weeds!

It takes a group effort to get rid of all of these weeds!


Getting to know the youth at the pool party.

Getting to know the youth at the pool party.


Michael and Patrick spending time with one of youth members.

Michael and Patrick spending time with one of youth members.