I love middle school students! They are full of energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to help others. Today, we began the Charlotte Mission Adventure with 13 middle school students. Over three days and two nights, we will serve at six different locations helping others in our community.
Today we began our morning at Rama Road Elementary School helping with some painting projects, including the blue safety line and the bright yellow concrete poles that separate the children from the buses. We also painted four of the benches that the car riders hang out on.
While some youth had never painted anything before, some seemed like old pros. It was nice to see everyone pitching in and helping as they were able. Even hobbling around on the crutches as I was, I was able to lend a hand and show some painting techniques (and even quoted The Karate Kid – “paint the fence, up and down not side to side”).
After a brief lunch at church, we headed out to clean our section of the stream that runs beside Sardis Road. Our group cleaned close to a mile of the stream and pulled quite a bit of trash from it. Everything that is thrown from a passing car goes some place and unfortunately, most of it winds up in the stream. So we cleaned it up and help tidy up God’s kingdom.
After an all you can eat pizza buffet, we headed over to David Abercrombie’s house for his infamous slip and slide. The youth loved it! David usually hosts high school students (as he has been a high school Advisor for long enough that one of his former youth now has a child in youth at Sardis!) but had a blast hosting the very energetic middle school students. They loved sliding down his hill and couldn’t get back up the hill fast enough to do it again!
We had a devotion tonight about serving everyone, even “…the least of these…” as Jesus put it. The middle school students’ insight and hearts should encourage everyone, especially our church and their parents.
Please be in prayer for us as we continue to serve in Christ’s name!
— Adrian Martin