This morning I set out with team 6, aka Big Ol’ Crack (so named because their van came with a large crack down the passenger side window – a window that has now been replaced!). Our destination was a local home in need of a fresh coat of paint as well as a concrete pad at the bottom of their deck. Needless to say, my previously unsullied overalls are now covered in white exterior paint.
After a delicious lunch, which involved introducing the team to the delicious concoction that is Cheez-Its and hot sauce, I set out south. It was a thirty minute drive to visit the next team, a drive through dusty narrow roads up a coteau. I was headed for St. James Episcopal church, the work site of team 3.
There work for the week includes the backbreaking labor of clearing bushes, shrubs, trees, and weeds that threaten to overwhelm the cemetery located adjacent to the church. This cemetery is the final resting place of a number of Veterans, including one Civil War Veteran, Earl Pierce Owen. Though most of the morning was overcast, by the time I arrived in the early afternoon the sun had broken through the clouds, and temperatures were rising. Fortunately, I came prepared with ice cream for the team (meanwhile our wonderful cooks were delivering ice cream to the rest of the teams in town).
Work continues, worship continues, fellowship continues, and all of us here in Sisseton continue to covet your prayers as we head into the middle of our week.
In closing, a quick shout-out to Kids in the Kitchen for providing our delicious lasagna for dinner! Nothing like pasta to fuel hungry teens.