My day began around 6:15am, getting up, shower, last minute packing etcâ€¦ Hannah-Grace was up early and was excited that she had been able to see me before I left for the trip. I drove to Bobby W. house (who has the Gordonâ€™s van pulling a trailer) and together we went to get a rental van. We arrived at Donna S. house, figured out how to get where we were going, prayed and loaded up the team. No major drama getting there (we were actually 30 min. early). A quick lunch at Taco bell and started check in around 1:30pm. Donna, Bobby and myself went through several stations, a lot like a typical DMV, including a picture! We settled into our dorm rooms at Eastern University (www.eastern.edu).
Then it was off to dinner around 5pm for some delicious college cafeteria food. The drivers of vans met for a driver orientation. All the campers then met together for an opening celebration and were dismissed to meet with our ministry tracks. Each person signs up for various ministries throughout Philadelphia and are assigned to different groups with other kids and adults. We planned what we will be doing for the week. Somehow I ended up in the â€œcreative trackâ€ which involves singing, puppets, drama, etcâ€¦ Weâ€™ll see what God is up to on that one. We had another rally with the kids on a soccer field (at least I think it was a soccer field, it was dark). At 10:15pm, it was off to Daybreakâ€™s evening devotion with our youth group. We finished with just enough time to get all the way back (we have to hike everywhere), to the guys dorm by â€œlights outâ€ at 11:00pm.
No problem sleeping at all.
Here are some ways you can pray for us:
1. That we will have a significant impact on the city of Philadelphia with the gospel.
2. That all the kids and adults will keep a positive attitude (it will be a hectic week)
3. That all will be open to what God desires to do in their lives, and tell each other what they see God doing in each otherâ€™s lives.
4. That there wonâ€™t be any distractions as to why we are here â€“ that everyone stays focused.