There is absolutely no reason why it has taken me so long to get these pictures and stories posted. I thought I’d done it and while updating some other things, discovered I’d neglected to post about my week of travel! It’s been over a month since I journeyed out with Jeff Jones, former CTCYM director, and Kyland Dobbins, current CTCYM director (among other things!) to visit 1700 students and adults in 21 living centers in South Texas and Southeast Louisiana. Volunteers represented 85 churches around the Central Texas Conference. Over 300 families were physically assisted during the week and hundreds more were influenced by the grace and hospitality shared by our students and adults. The projects that were completed include wheelchair ramps, constructing stairs, painting homes, repairing roofs, installing flooring, structure repair, childcare, and much more. During the week, communities were transformed. Central Texas Conference youth came together with local youth for fun, service, and worship. Church leaders, government officials, and the local law enforcement agencies were all out in full force taking care of our students.

While hard work was done, lots of fun was had as well. Students went swimming, had scooter races, went ice skating, ate delicious food, went on scavenger hunts, and got to know lots of new friends. Jeff, Kyland, and I had the privilege of visiting all 21 of the living centers and seeing first-hand the ministry happening. I know lives were changed – mine was!

The week ended with an energizing and inspiring worship service in Shreveport. Bishop Lowry shared a relevant message to follow the example of the Good Samaritan and treat everyone as your neighbor. Michael Rafferty and his band had everyone jumping to their feet with incredible music. Communion provided some fuel to send us on our way to continue in worship.

Junior High CTCYM is July 17-22, 2011 and will have living centers in the Central Texas Conference. I’ll be there to photograph each of the living centers! Be sure to say hi!