Our team enjoyed a last campfire Sunday night. We went to the fire pit right on the lake shore down at the end of an old road that went through camp. Randy and Susie treated us to s’mores. It was a cool and calm night, perfect for a fire.
Monday and Tuesday were our last work days. The women finished painting the nurse’s room in the welcome center and recoating the log frames in the dining hall. We cleaned the two floors of the chapel building and organized the costume room.
The men began the week by fixing all the wobbly wooden chairs and benches in the dining hall. They replaced some rotten siding on the craft building. Work was also done in the director’s home. Broken tile was replaced, a window frame was extended, and a suspended bathroom ceiling was installed. As usual, by God’s grace, we accomplished much more this month than we thought possible!
Tuesday night we had a final gathering. Cal and Bonnie joined us. They have really become a part of our team this month! We were treated to an excellent and moving mini piano concert by Bonnie and Ruth. They each played two of their favorite hymn arrangements and God was praised through their talents. Following the concert, we all enjoyed delicious snacks and played a fun and rowdy game of Pyramid. To end the evening, we had our final ‘circle up’ to pray, sing the RVICS song “The Family of God”, and share good-bye hugs.
We will miss this beautiful part of God’s creation. Even more, we will miss our new friends who have become part of our “family”. It was a great team to work and play with!
Everyone headed to their various destinations Wednesday morning. We began the 180 mile trip to our son Doug’s house near Hayward, Wisconsin. About 90 miles down the road, a tire on the camper blew. God was watching over us as no accident was caused, the blown tire was on the passenger side, there was a wide shoulder, Steve was able to get the spare on, and there was a tire store 15 miles down the road. About two hours later we were back on the road with four new tires. God is good!
Now we are at Doug’s house until Monday morning, enjoying family time and helping out a bit around the house. Our next RVICS project will be in February, so until then, God’s blessings to you!