Greetings from from West Virginia!
We have just finished day one at our worksites. These worksites look a little different for different groups. Two of our groups are currently working in Rosedale, the community we originally planned to serve with, doing basic construction projects. The other two groups – including ours – are spending the week doing relief work in Clendenin, a town severely affected by the recent flooding in West Virginia. The damage there is shocking to see; many residents lost everything to the flood, including their homes. The man whose home our crew was working on, Mr. Wolfe, had some interesting insight on the situation. In conversation with members of our crew, he was asked if during or after the flood he shed any tears. He responded that no, he had not, because it was the not the material things that held value in his life, but the meaning behind them. This can act as a reminder to us all that it is not material wealth that matters, but spiritual wealth.
We miss you all at our homes, please keep our Blackhawk crews, the groups from other churches, the NextStep leaders, and the residents of both Rosedale and Clendenin in your thoughts and prayers throughout the week!
Hannah, Mariana, Adia, and Mia