This past July, I went on a mission trip down to D’iberville and Biloxi Mississippi with a group of about thirty people called Voices of Youth. We are a mission team that travels around the world helping those in need. Along with working, we are also a choir performing concerts as often as possible for everyone to hear.
We all got together on July 1st, holding our orientation at Ferrum College. We left for Mississippi on the fourth, stopping in Alabama as our halfway point. During the next week, our group was working on two neighboring houses doing projects such as flooring, trim, exterior painting, and some landscaping. I was a part of “Team Flooring” which proved to be immensely more complex than any of us imagined. The first day, we had to redo and start over so many times, that by the end of the day we only completed two rows of floorboards. After contemplating that night about how we could be more efficient and going to Home Depot in desperate need of insight, we managed to finish that floor the next day. After lying on our sweat-soaked floor and just relishing all we accomplished, we were informed that there were two more rooms that needed to have flooring installed. The walls were not ninety degree angles and the heat was scorching through the rooms, but we managed to find a silver lining…these two rooms didn’t have closets. We managed to finish the flooring by the end of the week. The work did seem strenuous, but at the end of the week we saw the owners’ reactions and remembered why we were there. Throughout the week, we realized that in projects and endeavors, it is necessary to have other people there to help you. With the flooring, the pieces wouldn’t go in if there wasn’t someone helping in each part.
I am now semi-skilled in beginners flooring and was able to have the experience of a lifetime with an amazing group of people. This was my second trip with Voices of Youth (the first being a trip to Brazil helping with a camp called “Shade and Fresh Water”) and I’m planning on going with them in the future. This month long trip showed me that I alone may be able to help, but should always be open to assistance from those who offer it.
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