By Andrew Mills
TPC Student Ministry Director

Testing the watersOur team safely arrived at our home for the next week: an old Methodist camp in Fort Blackmore, Va. It didn’t take long for us to bring our stuff into the cabins, claim beds and begin to relax after the long car ride from Florida. While many of the adults enjoyed a quick nap, every square inch of the camp was thoroughly explored by our four youngest mission members and me. It’s amazing how many spiders build their web in the middle of a path at head level. I think they have it out for us.  Also, the pool was tested. It’s freezing cold but sure to feel nice after a hard day’s work tomorrow.

After dinner, our team immediately began doing what we came here to do: serve one another. Dawn Reed kicked things off by helping clear the tables and, before long, we were all wiping down the tables, cleaning dishes and resetting the room for a time of worship and devotion. It is great to see the way our team members interacts with each other in love and service as it foreshadows the love of Christ that will be shown through us tomorrow.

This is what Jesus desired for his followers when he said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

Click here to see the Fort Blackmore trip photo album. We’ll be adding pictures regularly.