Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lumberjacking at Long View

Posted by: Brittney and Monica

Rise and shine! We woke up this morning to the sun rising over the magnificent mountains despite some early thunder and lightning. We then geared up with jeans, boots, gloves for a dirty day. We ate a breakfast of delicious pancakes at 7:45 to get an early start to the day. Afterwards, we had our devotional time to study Ephesians chapter 3 and then all got onto the bus. We headed straight to chopping up wood for a local church that cuts wood for people during the winter time.
Girls - logs
The lumberjacking began. The groups formed assembly lines, picking up logs and loading them into trucks and trailers. Climbing over electrified fences, getting muddy, and avoiding horse poop was just the beginning! Heavy logs were a bit of a challenge, but any challenge can be conquered with God on your side. "He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need." -Ephesians 4:28
Log Portrait
The time flew, as 1:00 o'clock approached, and we had our lunch. We were delighted with a pot-luck style lunch served at a Methodist church which is a part of the logging ministry that we helped. Lunch went by fast and we all wolfed down our food. Our next task was supposed to be to stack the wood in the warehouse that the ministry owned. Upon arrival at the warehouse, Mr. Hood informed us that some friendly immates had already preformed our job for us. Lucky us - we headed back to Long View early (thanks to the lovely immates) to more freetime and our naps! Dinner was at 6:00 o'clock, we sat down to some meatloaf and cheesey broccoli. One of Mr. Hood's favorite's at Long View - their homemade raspberry jam on biscuits was also served. Worship was as wonderful as usual and we rehearsed our verses on Ephesians. During our Bible study time, our small groups composed our own doxologies - including a rousing rap version from some of the boys. Mr. Hood finally announced the game of man hunt which was crazy fun. Obviously the girls won,but we may have a rematch in the future. The day has finally come to an end, once again it was a tiresome but rewarding experience at Long View!
Guys - logs