Every summer since the summer I was 14 (7 years) I've paid $200 of my hard earned money to get dirty and serve. I've lived for a week in a high school chorus room, taken cold showers, eaten ham sandwiches for lunch (which by the way, I hate), and gotten so many bruises that I looked like someone beat me. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.
[Summer of '05]Salkehatchie is something so undescribable!
Sure, the hot summer sun is uncomfortable and the construction work is hard, but by the end of the week you don't want to leave. You make friends that last a lifetime, your relationship with God becomes stronger, and it's is just all around amazing to see what a bunch of teenagers can do in a week.
[We re-shingled and built the porch.]
I know that to many of you, this seems like something that is nothing but work and no play. But trust me, I've had more fun at Salkehatchie than I have at the beach with friends. In addition to the construction work, we swim, we play games, have cook outs, and heck, half the time we have paint and water wars while we're working.
It's things like this that make me so glad that I do this every summer.Have you ever paid to go on a service trip?