It's hard to put into words exactly how incredible this week was. There's a Stephen King quote that says, "the most important things are the hardest to say." So, I'll try to explain it the best I can. I guess this week was so important for a lot of reasons. We got to meet so many wonderful and truly grateful people. Nothing rocks your world more when you suddenly realize there's no beach you'd rather be on, no pool you'd rather be enjoying, nowhere you'd rather be, then right where you are. The gratitude of these people who had been living in trailers and tents for almost a year was absolutely intoxicating.
It was also incredible to be doing this sort of physical work with a blind man named Lonnie. He wouldn't let anything stop him from serving God. As he was hammering nails, he would reach out his left hand in between each hit, to make sure he found the nail. He later led the team in Amazing Grace, finishing the most familiar words with ,"was blind, but now, I see."
Yet, perhaps the biggest reason this week was so important was that these 15, 16, and 17 year olds have already figured out at such a young age such a profound truth:
the only way to gain life... is give your own away.
It was truly a privilege spending the week with them.
So, enjoy these pictures of the trip...