While our time at Faith was brief, we found our services welcome in a number of ways. World Relief and Kim’s Open Door were jointly sponsoring a 6-week summer camp for recent immigrant children that was to start the Monday after we arrived. A Youth Choir from University City UMC in Charlotte arrived on Saturday to help with the first week, and conducted Sunday’s service. We helped feed the children, including the workers every day in between some smaller projects around the campus.
The 2 Sunday services had special performances by the visiting youth groups and a guest sermon by Marcia Soto, who is working on her local pastor license. Jahaziel recorded them and Dave worked with him to upload them to the church’s website. The list goes on, but you get the idea.
After a “downtime” stop at a campground in Yemassee SC, we arrived at our next stop on Lake Gaston in northern NC mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the 24th, just a couple of hours before we were joined by Bonnie’s family. Troy and Taylor would be spending a couple of nights with us. The next couple of days we hiked through the park, played Old Maid, swam in the pool and the lake and played mini-golf. We were joined the 2nd afternoon by Christina, Alexis, Serenity and Cody. The cousins had a good time playing together for the first time in a long time. By Friday, we had to pull out, meeting Bonnie and Troy in South Hill to return our charges before we made our way to Pocahontas and they to NC for a visit with Cathy’s family.