A few weeks ago we got a very unexpected call from David Casey, a leader at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa Oklahoma. David told us that the place they were planning on working and staying on the St. Louis leg of their summer Mission Tour had to cancel last minute and they needed somewhere to go. He asked us if we had enough work and enough space for 50-60 people in 2 separate groups. After we all picked our jaws up off the floor, we thought back to the summer of 2010 when David brought a group of very hard working youth to help us work on our Bremen Theater Project. We very promptly told him yes. He called us on a Wednesday night, and we returned his call the next morning to find out that the group would be arriving on Saturday. We scrambled to prepare places for everyone to stay and to make sure we had enough work ready for everyone to do, and barely finished getting the attic ready for the first group to stay in just a few hours before they got here!
Over the next week we had the pleasure of working, eating, laughing and worshiping with them. They more than lived up to the reputation set by the group in 2010 doing anything from painting and clearing brush to pulling out drywall and carpet and hauling trash out of dirty old garages. No task seemed too big or too small as they rose to meet every challenge we put before them, and did it with a good heart no less.
Along with a huge amount of work, we also got to spend plenty of time talking about scripture, ministry and all sorts of things about being a missionary to the inner city. We spent late nights around the fire pit sharing testimonies and singing worship songs.
For us, having groups like this come in is a big part of what we love to do. It allows us to share in the work God has called us to do with young people who may have never experienced anything like it and pray that God might place the same call on their hearts as he has ours. If you would like to bring a group to serve with us or if you would like to just come by yourself, call Mark Goodwin (636)-544-2153