Saturday, March 20, 2010

Timberrrrrr!!!

Posted by: Pamela Saavedra & Gordon Stemper (Mr. Hood is our Advisor)

The camp awoke to a beautiful, but extremely early day with the Smoky Mountains fully visible as well as our breath. After difficultly waking up and getting ready the class jumped on a bus heading over to Greeneville, TN(the birthplace of Andrew Johnson the 17th president) in order to first eat a hearty breakfast with the group from Disciple's Point, except one problem we had to figure out which church was holding the firewood chopping party.

After breakfast Dave Widmaier shared the impact we would have on the needy families of the area by supplying them with firewood to maintain the warmth in their homes during the winter when they couldn't provide it for themselves. The bus then took us through the hills of Tennessee, into the deep forest. Army trucks, owned by Disciple's Point,were brought in, and the wood began flying! Workers from the Greeneville Fire Department used chainsaws cutting up large pieces of firewood. The sophomore class then organized into lines, and using team work lifted large and heavy logs onto the trucks. After the truck was completely filled (16 ft high and 12 ft deep) to the top, The trucks would drive over to a warehouse where the larger logs were chopped into 4 sections, then stacked. The smaller logs would be tossed on to a massive pile, where they would be used as kindling.

After loading for a few hours we were treated to Papa John's pizza and free ice cream. After our gracious lunch, the class fully loaded up two more trucks for a total of six truck loads of firewood. Following this a class picture was taken in front of one of the trucks. It was then off to Walmart and then back to Long View. The class enjoyed two hours of much deserved relaxing free time before dinner. Dinner was Long View Ranch's famous Roadkill Roundup ("possum and squirrel"), mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese casserole, their famous warm rolls accompanied by homemade raspberry jam- YUMMY!
The evening ended with a sharing time around the bonfire a conclusion to another awesome day on this missions trip. Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow! We will be at church with Disciple's Point.
SBS signing off and dropping off to sleep!(We are exhausted)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pictures! Love seeing what you're doing! You have been working really hard! I'm so proud of all of you as you are being a blessing to others! I know you are shining for Jesus! I'm praying for you!

Love,
Mrs. Weil

3/20/2010 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Poole said...

Whew! Just reading your blog makes me exhausted, but I hope you are able to enjoy some rest on this Lord's day. Press on to win the prize!

--Mrs. Poole

3/21/2010 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you all! Though weary and worn, I pray you sleep well having poured out yourselves in kingdom work!

Love, Mrs. Stapleton

3/21/2010 4:51 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Hood said...

Wow! Sounds like a busy day but a fun one! Way to help those in need! I love reading your posts, keep 'em coming. I am praying for all of you!

3/21/2010 5:18 PM  
Blogger Helga Sengberg said...

Thank you for the great posts, pictures and descriptions. I can almost feel the cool air. It is so exciting to hear all the great things you are experiencing and the opportunity to help others.
The Joy of the Lord is our Strength. You seemed all very strong and joyful in the pictures.
God Bless you all =)

3/21/2010 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ew, you guys ate squirrel. I hear it's high in cholestrol..someone make sure Mr. Hood is taking juice plus. Can't wait to see you guys! I miss you all and I'm praying for you, that you'll be open to everything God has to say to you this week! Looking forward to hearing more!
-Casey

3/21/2010 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job blogging and sending us back home the photos so we can experience what you are experiencing in a small little way! Our prayers are with you!

Mrs. Ross

3/22/2010 8:15 PM  

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