Another day of fun!

Categories: High School,Students

Today’s post is by Sarah Crawford. It is her second time on the trip.

This morning (Wednesday) the team woke up to the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen! We then had pancakes the size of your face (no joke). We ate and had fellowship for a while then it was off to work!

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The whole team got on the chicken bus, as we call it, and were off to work construction and help with the Abuelitas. I got to work with the Abuelitas for the morning. I was very excited to see some faces I recognized from last year and to see that they added some new Abuelitas and three Abuelitos! Cameron and Meghan started playing guitar and singing American songs as the team went around and hugged them. Those hugs were so heartfelt and full of pure joy and they didn’t even know us! It was very emotional.

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We then proceeded to dance with them and there were smiles everywhere. All of these older ladies and gentlemen were so happy that we were jumping around and dancing with them. And we were so thankful for it because it made us happy.

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After the dancing, Mrs. Susan started us on our craft–painting a canvas with a cross on it. They LOVED it! The Abuelitas went to town on those canvases and were so excited when we showed them the finished product. I helped one lady, Juana, and she teared up a little bit and she hugged me and thanked me. Then the Abuelitas started to color and I could tell they were so proud of their coloring because I would bring out my camera and all of them wanted a picture with their drawings.

After Abuelitas was over, my group went to help the other group doing construction. Our job was to fill in a huge hole with cement. It was amazing to see how a group of teenagers (and adults) who may not enjoy physical labor all that much worked together to get stuff done!

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Following construction, our team went to help with VBS at the Wesleyan Church down the street.  The other team stayed and worked with the kids at Happy Tummies! At VBS, I saw some faces that I met there last year!

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For our craft, the kids colored a little wheel that showed the story of creation. The cool part for me was that I was able to communicate with the kids with the limited knowledge of Spanish I have. I also loved watching them share and show their parents their drawings.

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I remember seeing one little boy, probably no older than 5, walk out of our building and up the street. I wanted to run after the little boy, as we would do in the United States, but Tony came around and said that he lived right by the church and that it was normal for him to walk by himself. I was freaked out because right then and there I saw how much of a cultural difference there was between here and home.

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Overall, all of us have had so much fun with the children. They especially love bubbles being blown at them and trying to pop or eat them! It was a fantabulous day and I can’t wait until we get to go back again tomorrow!!!


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Author: Jonathan Andersen

Assistant Pastor

10 Responses to "Another day of fun!"

  1. Sandie Crawford Posted on April 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you, thank you Sarah for sharing!! These pictures make me smile! Loved seeing Lindsey carry a sweet girl! Becca you look happy happy!! Have not.seen Cameron, how.is she and her knee:) so.proud of you sweet girl! Love And Hugs to All

    • Jonathan Andersen Posted on April 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Her leg is doing well! We’ll post a photo of Cameron soon!

  2. Mike Wooten Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Fantastic to read about the friends we made last year being impacted by HMUMC youth again this year. Katie, we all miss you!

  3. Kimberly Conner Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    So great to see Gods Hands at work. Tears of joy as I read this! Hope that you got a picture of the 3 amigos/Abuelitos.
    We miss you Caro! I have had to sit with Kenzie in your room, so we pray for you and the team.
    Great article, Sarah! Very well written! Thanks so much.
    I Love You Caro!

  4. Amy Mahaley Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Reagan & Saralyn we are so proud of all the good work you are doing!! Looks like you’re having a great time! Take care and God bless you!! We love you! Mom & Dad

  5. Jacqui Morgenroth Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    i find myself checking in several times a day for updates. Just loving all the smiles. On our kids as well as the little ones. Keep it up. Love to you all.

  6. Beth Titlow Posted on April 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Praying for all. Keep the “Son” shining!!!

  7. Amy Crawford Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! Reading this blog and looking at these pictures just took my breath away. So thankful for this opportunity for you all to serve the Lord in such a profound and practical way! I’m praying for each of you. Sending hugs and love from South Carolina.

  8. Katie hill Posted on April 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Awe I am so proud of you guys & all the amazing things you guys are doing! This is all so amazing I am quite jealous. Love you all & keep being remarkable 🙂

  9. Lynda Gribek (Crawford/Lee girls Nana) Posted on April 11, 2015 at 8:08 am

    My Say-Say! Beautifully described. You painted a picture with words! I am so proud of all of you young folks! This is a life-changing opportunity and I love your church for making it all possible.

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