The first week of July, I went on a short missions trip with the youth group at my church. We were a small group of 6, but we had TONS of fun. We went to Dinuba,Ca(central valley) to serve at Gleanings for the Hungry. This is a YWAM ministry that packages food to send to third world countries that need it. In the summer, they make dried peaches. Days start at 6:45 am and don't end until 11 pm.
The days consist of 2 hours of work in the field laying out peaches and then 4-5 hours in the fruit plant, processing peaches. By the end of the day, you are exhausted and can't wait to get the peaches out of your hair! I loved it because I had SO much time to spend with the Lord. I got to pray for things that had been on my heart, and the Lord told me a lot about my future in missions. It was an amazing experience. My favorite day was water park day and a day when we got to pray over a truck going to Honduras.
I built some awesome relationships with the students I went with, and it was nice to get away. We stayed up late talking and getting to know each other. We got to go to a waterpark, we went bowling, and made up lots of songs about peaches. It was an awesome time! I encourage you to check it out and take your family! It is hard work, but it is so rewarding. :) Enjoy the pictures of our week.
Our crazy bunk beds Bryan on the cup up station, making sure the peaches are all facing the right way. The cutters--so boring :) All you have to do is turn your row of peaches right side up. At the love feast, our group drank 8 pitchers of punch--which is now a Gleanings record! haha Brandon, Bryan, Ed more fun on the cutters The final product--dried peaches Looking for bad peaches Our awesome team! The field of peaches! There was about 3 times this many, but I couldn't get them all in
This summer is flying by! I thought I wouldn't be busy, but here I am. :) Just some snapshots of the summer! I have a couple more posts with specific events. Maybe later this week! BUT most importantly: Melissa had her kidney transplant. Dan donated an amazing kidney and they are both home and doing great! Praise the Lord!!!!! I am so excited to see Mel feeling better. :)
Doing the twist at Graciela's wedding. The beautiful bride and some work friends. Church picnic!! Waiting in a crazy long line for Harry Potter, with my awesome friend Rachel. :) Life group at the beach! Me with cute lil Micah. :) Andrew at the circus! Brandon, Bobby and Dan at the Wild Rovers! Spending time with my 5th graders who left me. :( BBQ with Mike, Brian and Alyssa!