Today we woke up bright and early for a delicious Red Bird breakfast and packed up our lunches to head off to the job site.
We were able to accomplish so much today!
(THE STOOP) and also at the same house Coach Parker and his right hand plumber Will McKenzie were able to fix the toilet!
The huge set of stairs is coming along very well with the hard teamwork of the second group led by Coach King and Mrs. Staud!
When we got back to Red Bird everyone had a lovely pasta dinner and we had some free time to try out our balling skills (top picture is Bigshot Sam). Then we got the sweetest cards from our 2nd Grade friends in Mrs. Rheinscheld’s class.
Today was our break day from the Red Bird work camp, so we took every opportunity to explore the surrounding nature. The first stop was a nature trail at Cumberland Gap where not only Daniel Boone led the frontiersmen and Americans realized they needed independence from Britain, but also a place where many Civil War battles were fought.
After our lovely hike, we quickly ate lunch then went on a canoeing/kayaking adventure down a creek. No one tipped over, and we all had a peaceful time under the sun. For dinner we had a fantastic meal at Applebee’s. It was a wonderful break day because we were able to reflect on the work we had done and are planning to do in the lives of the Appalachian people. We were also able to grow closer to one another and explore God’s gorgeous creations.
Today we went to breakfast with the rest of the Red Bird work camp and got our day started with a devotion from Sam Resultan. We cleaned the whole entire kitchen together.
Then we headed off to our job sites to accomplish more of our projects.
Shelby Hughes, Lee Cunningham, Gabby Mills, Austin Hatch, and Kali Dangar were able to complete the floor of the stoop we had been working on since yesterday. At the same house, Coach Parker and Will McKenzie quickly learned some plumbing skills in order to get water running from 2 sinks that were previously not working.
Leah Knox, Chris Sander, Riyana Nabaa, and Emma Gwaltney worked extremely hard to place doors in the house.
The other team has made extreme progress on the huge task of making stairs for a woman who was previously having trouble getting out of her house. It’s amazing seeing how the hard team work of all of the groups is coming together! We all got back from our jobs sweaty and tired, but were encouraged after Mrs. Seat’s dinner devotional on John 9. After dinner, we had another kitchen clean up and then headed off for a few hours of free time. We got ice cream to support the local fire department and shopped at the Appalachian Craft Store.
We woke up super early for biscuits and oatmeal at the Red Bird camp with our fellow red bird campers from the north. We quickly prepared to head off to our job sites to help the people of Appalachia.
One group went to build stairs for a woman who had lost her husband and the other group went to build a stoop, fix water pipes, and put in new doors at a different house.
Everyone quickly learned how to use power tools to help the families we came to care for in the name of Jesus. We accomplished so much together today, and we can’t wait to go back tomorrow to finish our projects! Few things bring us more joy than being able to put our hard work towards helping better someone’s life. Through doing projects like this, we have all grown closer to one another and are given the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ.
We woke up early for breakfast in the hotel and went to church in the middle of Knoxville. After a great service, we left Knoxville and went to the Museum of Appalachia for a yummy southern style lunch. Afterward, we went on a self-guided tour of the beautiful outdoors museum which included a small village designed like it was Appalachia a long time ago. Mark Twain’s house was even there. Then we boarded the bus again and made it up safely to the Red Bird Mission!
Today we arrived at the school bright and early to travel up to Cleveland, Tennessee for a tour of Lee University.
Everyone agreed that the campus was gorgeous, and we headed to Zaxby’s for lunch. After that, we went to the Ocoee Adventure Center for a mountain biking adventure. It was 8 miles that very few of us were prepared for. But luckily, we all made it through the ride someway or another, even though some of us ran into trees multiple times!
Then we rode the bus to Knoxville, settled into our hotel rooms, and had a great night exploring the city!