June 16th – 20th is Ridge UMC’s Middle School Mission Week. Each day middle school students will be gathering to participate in mission projects throughout the community. I’ll be reflecting on each day here.
It’s been a long day and it’s late now, but I wanted to take a minute to reflect on what was a really great day. This morning we hit the road early and went to ARC Bridges, an organization in Gary that works with persons who have developmental disabilities. We primarily did yard/landscaping work and it was great to watch the youth problem solve and work with one another. It was also fascinating for me to listen to them talk about people who they know who have disabilities – the maturity level displayed by these young people was remarkable. One youth was even disappointed that we weren’t doing work inside with the clients.
After eating our lunches at ARC Bridges we headed up to a neighborhood in Gary where they are building 20 habitat houses in the coming years. We did some clean-up work on the sixth house and painted the sheds behind 4 of them. The neighborhood looks great and, as always, we had a great time working with Habitat.
We were out in the sun this morning and afternoon both and people continued to work hard through it all. Tomorrow the youth are headed to Deep River Water Park while I stay back at the office and get some things done for the week. I’m sure they’ll have a great time and I look forward to being out of the sun for the day!