Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Out of the Frying Pan into the Freezer!

Posted by: Pamela Saavedra & Gordon Stemper

Our journey began packing the bus in nice and warm Florida. Before we departed on our trip a prayer was given by principal, Mr.Smith and our headmaster Dr. Tennies challenged the sophomore class to use and display strength in the Lord. We had been informed a barn raising would occur, and most assuredly we could use the strength, in order to accomplish this goal. The bus ride was an enjoyable one and we quickly arrived at our terminal. Easily checking our bags we began to make our way to the security line, BUT, Mr. Hood had unfortunatly informed the group of mistakenly forgetting his wallet in his office. Yet fortunatley the speedy Mrs. Hood arrived saving the trip. Thankfully Mrs. Riter and Mr. Spidell led the students to the gate. A few students were unesasy at the thought of flying, yet the Allegiaent staff made us all feel comfortable and at home.

The wait on the tarmac was short, and before the class knew it we were cruising at 44,000 feet towards our destination. An enjoyable smooth hour and a half, some napping, and many prayers form nervous flyers. Then boom our wheels touched down in Tennessee to the relief of many. After retreiving our bags, our small group was first introduced to George Widmaier the founder of Long View Ranch and his son David; who had agreed graciously to drive us to the camp. Once finished packing yet another bus, the class decided to go out and enjoy dinner at a local Knoxville Sonic. (A rariety to us in South Florida.) Following the dinner an easy hour bus ride landed us at the illustrious Long View Ranch.

Unloading the bus we arrived in our rooms settling in, then quickly heading over to the dining hall for our first nights devotions. During devotions the entire class was challenged by Mrs. Riter to collectively memorize the entire book of Phillipians. Tonight we began learning chapter one by memorizing one verse per person. Before closing we sang two praise songs, led by Mrs. Riter on the acoustic guitar.

Free time was given until the lights out at 11:30 PM CENTRAL TIME. We look forward towards the hard but exciting work that will meet us in the morning.

Signing off until tommorow, the Sophomore Blogging Staff or the SBS