This was our final full day at the mission site. I ended up going out with
Karen Krammes’ team that
consisted of many of the new 9th graders. In the morning we spent time with a local
YMCA that was doing a camp for many of the neighborhood kids. Our teens played a lot of games with the kids
including basketball, a goofy variation of kickball, ping-pong and video
games. After some free time the kids
were split up into their groups for their camp.
The two groups that they had were sports and theatre. I went with the theatre group. Some of the kids gave a prepared speech on a
favorite quote of theirs. Then we played
some theatre games. The scenario was two
people in the morning making breakfast: eggs and bacon. If the director did not like the acting then
he or she could recommend a new approach to their acting such as being more
ghetto, angry, slow motion, fast motion, gangster, sesame street, zoo animals,
etc., etc., etc. There were a lot of
For the afternoon we went to an urban garden to help. We got a full tour of the garden. It was a completely organic garden so there were some differences in their approach to caring for it. It was very, very interesting. The owner was very passionate about the garden being an expression of his faith and caring for the community by providing real organic food for a low price. We did some weeding, mulching, and composting. All the teens did well. There were areas of the garden that were created within a pyramid of tires or a pile of cinder blocks. It was fascinating. I wanted to go home and turn my backyard into an urban garden. During most of the time that we were there I was not feeling good. I think that all the activity of the past few weeks caught up with me and I was not doing well. I had to lay down for a good chunk of the afternoon but after some time I felt compelled to help
shovel compost. Austin
When we were done with our jobs at the garden we went back to the church site we were staying at and did a foot washing ceremony with our team. Our teens really got into it and made it a very memorable experience. I was impressed with some of the leadership I observed in our teens who took the initiative to wash the feet of many of their friends and pray for them. It was touching to watch.
After that we cleaned up and went out for our free night! We had a ton of fun going down to
took all of the teens to Jack’s Bar-B-Q for dinner. They all ate well and had a good time. It was the perfect restaurant for our group
of teens. Then they hit the strip. We met several Elvis’s. We tried on cowboy boots. We tried on cowboy hats. I bought some country music (Johnny Cash!),
and we found a Willie Nelson fortune telling machine. We heard tons of music pumping out of all of
the bars, restaurants, and on the street.
We had a lot of laughs.