Mission Trip 2014
So my grand ideas were to keep a journal so that all of you could read what we were up to on our journey each day. For many reasons that was unable to happen. I am sorry about that. We are home now, but I would like to share with you what happened each day we were gone so that you may better understand what our group experienced while we were at the farm.
Saturday, June 7th
We met at 6:00 in the evening in Ukiah for our over night flight. We prayed, took pictures, and packed the cars, then we headed out for the three hour drive down to San Francisco. There were eight of us on the trip: Kitty, Roe, Dory, Riley, Michele, Gavyn, Justus, and Kelsey (myself). We parked at the Presbyterian Church in Burlingame and arrived at the San Francisco Airport around 10:00pm. We had some dinner and waited for our flight, which left at 12:20am on Sunday.
Sunday, June 8th
Our flight left on time. Some of us were able to sleep a little, but most of us were too uncomfortable/excited to sleep on the plane. We arrived at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport around 5:00 in the morning. By the time we got on the bus to go get our rental car light was just starting to show on the horizon. There was only one rental car company open when we got there, so that is who we talked to. They were able to give us a deal on a vehicle that seated all eight of us so we didn't have to get two cars like we thought we might. That was a big blessing to have our group together in the car for the trip. We grabbed a bite to eat and headed out on our two hour drive to Waco.
When we got to the farm most of us had to wake up to get out of the car. It had been a long night and we were all very tired by then. The weather was hot an humid, especially for us kids from California. Randy Fish was there to meet us and he gave us the short tour around the main living area of the farm. He kept it short for us for the time being because we were all too tired to make much sense of anything. I remember him showing us the hut where we would be sleeping and that was all that mattered to me! We unpacked the car, which didn't take long because we all packed light. We all grabbed a piece of concrete floor in the Nic House and promptly feel asleep. We were all aware of an amazing lighting storm that raged outside as we slept that afternoon. There was a mixed feeling of being so tired that we didn't care and awe at the impressive storm. We never get lighting storms in Ukiah, so it was pretty cool!
After we had all slept for a couple of hours and the storm has passed, a few of us went into town to go grocery shopping for the week (hooray for Super Walmart in Waco!). We headed back to the farm to cook dinner and settle in. We had a yummy dinner that night, cooked mostly by Kitty and Michele. We got to see the rest of the Fish family and chat with them. After a pleasant evening, we turned in early to get a good night sleep so that we were ready to work the next morning.
Monday, June 9th
Our first thing on the schedule at the farm was meeting at 7:00am for morning devotions. Each morning one of the interns on the farm gives a devotion for the whole farm to participate in. It was a wonderful way to start the day, meet with everyone, and get our heads around everything. We had gotten up early to make a quick breakfast of cereal and gram a cup of coffee before we met with everyone.
This is a picture of Randy Fish teaching on the farm. You can learn more abut World Hunger Relief on their website http://worldhungerrelief.org/
Mission Trip 2015
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