Dear friends and family,
I am beyond excited to be starting this blog anew, as I head off to the Eastern Shore of Virginia for the summer, where I will be employed by YouthWorks, a non profit organization that provides Christ-centered, short term mission trip experiences for church youth groups. YouthWorks maintains relationships with 70+ communities across the U.S. throughout the year, and hires staff to run mission trips in these cities each summer. I have been assigned to the Eastern Shore site, along with three other staff members. Each of us have been hired to fulfill a unique role: Lucy will run the Kids Club (a VBS-type program for community kids); John will be in charge of organizing works projects (painting and light construction); Joseph is our Program Coordinator (morning devotionals, evening activities and worship); and I have been hired as the Site Director (still not quite sure what this means…something along the lines of head honcho and/or organizer extraordinaire). Market Street United Methodist Church, located in the small town of Onancock on the Chesapeake Bay, will be our home base this summer. We’ll be sleeping, eating, serving, working, and worshipping there, alongside the visiting youth groups.
The Eastern Shore is a Spanish-speaking site, which means all the staff hired are proficient in Spanish. Many of the community members are Hispanic, and Spanish is the first language of most of the Kids Club participants. I’m excited for the opportunity to live in a new place and meet new people, and a little anxious about all of the unknowns. But mostly excited!
But before I move to VA, I will be heading down to Birmingham, Alabama (home to Claire Angell and Samford University, woot woot!) for a week of training with all of the YouthWorks staff who have been assigned to the Southeast Region. From there, my staff and I will drive up to Onancock and begin our week of preparations.
My hope is to keep ya’ll updated (see, I’m already adapting to Southern culture! Actually, I have no idea if they even say “ya’ll” in Virginia…but I’ll let you know!) with a blog post once every week or two (or three).
Prayers for safe travels, staff friendships, and community relationships would be appreciated during these next few weeks. Thank you so much for journeying alongside me, on the next great adventure.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3