From July 12th to July 19th, our WorkcampNE team of nine teens and four leaders served in the Sanford, Maine area. Their lodging was at the Sanford Junior High School where they slept on air mattresses jammed into classrooms. Each day teams moved out into the greater Sanford community to complete a variety of construction projects for the elderly, disabled, and needy. Some of the GBC students worked at the home of a Cambodian immigrant who was living in a ramshackle house with her children. Each day she and her children would join the team in scraping and painting the old house. Their Buddhist beliefs were challenged when they saw God’s love in action at their house and heard the gospel on Thursday night at the banquet.
Another group with GBC students invited their resident to join them during their morning devotionals. The resident started praying with the crew and started reading the Bible again.
Each evening the entire camp worshipped and studied scripture together. One evening the speaker spoke on the way our society has normalized behavior that fits outside of God’s plan. It was very challenging for our teens.
Rachel Adams, the team leader, has put together a video from the week that will be playing on the missions’ video board in the Fellowship Hall. Take some time to watch it.
Let’s continue to pray for the long-range impact on our team members as a result of this short- term experience. Pray that the residents will clearly see God’s goodness as a result of their service.