Guest Post by Cory Gibson: Youth Mission Trip

On our trip down to the Morgan Scott Project in Tennessee, we had to take a twelve hour drive down.  Depending on which car you were in, you either arrived early, in the middle, or late.  We grouped up with the youth group from United Evangelical in Canton, MD.  Once we were down at the Morgan Scott Project, the boys and the girls separated and decided on the bedding situation.

There were seven boys and nine girls.  Once the bedding arrangement was figured out, we had our evening devotions.  After that we had our evening meal and did our assigned jobs.

Before bed every night we all had “down time” where we all did our own thing whether it was playing on our phones or playing cards or talking or whatever we wanted to do.  We all slept with lights out at 11:00 EST.  We woke around 7:00 the first morning and we all got ready for church.  We attended Deer Lodge Congregational UCC for the 9:00 to 10:00 service and the 10:00 to 11:00 bible study.

After church on Sunday we went to swim at a swimming hole. We went to one of the state parks and went on down to the river.  We stayed at the river from 1:00 to 4:00.  We then went back to the Morgan Scott Project and showered off and got ready for dinner.  After dinner we had our evening devotions where we started the story of Jonah.  After Evening devotions we had down time and did our chores.

We woke up at 6:00 the next morning to a rather cold Morgan Scott building.  Today would be our first work day.  We all ate breakfast and made our lunches.  We then would have our first morning devotions.  We all set out do go do our jobs.  Six people went off to the house of a hoarder.  They had to repair the floor boards in the bathroom and add an extra support beam.  Those of us who stayed either worked on cleaning up the thrift store and the Morgan Scott building or helped clear the shrub from the side of the project.

Four of the remaining ten of us worked on burning the shrubbery which burned for a massive total of seven and a half hours. (The ash pile would help us light our bonfires later in the week)  The other six worked on cleaning the thrift store and the project.  Three of us also went on to look at possible job sites.  We then repeated last night’s schedule, and had a bonfire.

We woke up Tuesday, did the morning schedule, and went off to our job sites.  Today people went back to the hoarder house and painted the bathroom walls.  At the other site we cleaned the gutters, built the deck railings, and painted the bathroom of someone’s house.  We then got ready and went to a swimming hole, and repeated the night schedule.  We did the morning schedule and them either A.) Went to build a railing for someone’s deck, or B.) Put down flooring for someone.  We then went to a swimming hole, ate dinner, and got ready to go to church that evening.

The church we attended was Ms. Ella’s (the Director of Morgan-Scott), and we got to sing songs with the boys from a preparatory school and the other Morgan Scott groups.  We then stopped for ice cream on the way back.  We woke up on Thursday, did the morning routine, and then went to work.  The few who were installing the floor went back to finish the job while the rest of us either A.) Repainted the deck, or B.) Sorted out the warehouse of supplies.

For Thursday evening we had dinner and devotions and then went to Ms. Ella’s homestead.  We learned about her life, the Wompus cat (ask someone on the trip), and how to whittle.

On Friday morning we woke up, had morning devotions, and got ready to go climb a mountain.  We went to the state park and waited for the rangers. We hiked up the mountain and got ready to climb.  There were three climbs, a large one, a medium one, and a small one.  When we were all done climbing, we thanked the rangers and ate lunch.  After lunch we swam in the river and then went back to the project.  We got ready to go to Mr. Bob’s house where we sat, talked, played with the dog, chased the cows, got chased by the cows and went down to the lake.  On Friday night we packed up and went to sleep. On Saturday we took the twelve hour drive back to Baltimore, saying our goodbyes to the Morgan Scott project.  And that was our trip to Tennessee.

Submitted by Cory Gibson

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