We left the small town of Fosston, Minnesota early one morning. There were 12 of us; 9 kids, 3 adult leaders. We were headed to Galveston, Texas to do hurricane clean up a year after Hurricane Ike hit the shore.
Texas wasn't our first stop though. Our first stop was YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Minneapolis. There we received prayer, learned about the situation in Galveston, played some games, watched some skits that helped us realize just how lucky we are, and had a fun time in the pool. It was there that we picked up Kim. She was going to travel with us down to Texas and stay there after we left to continue helping. That meant all 13 seats were full.
After three days at YWAM we were off onto our 30 hour continuous bus ride to Texas (with bathroom breaks of course). Unfortunately our ride didn't go as planned. The bus broke down in Missouri and as if that delay wasn't enough the air conditioner broke with too. Just in time for the hottest and most humid part of the trip. Still, even without air conditioning we made it.
We stayed at The Church of the Living God. It was within walking dictance to the Gulf of Mexico so we knew how we'd be spending our evenings.
All the mission work flew by. Sure it was hot, but we were having lots of fun. We did some demolition, drywalling, and painting. The last day half of us went to go unload furniture a college had donated to give to people that hadn't had furniture for over a year. The looks on their faces made the long, hot bus ride worth every second.
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