Missions Team from Chilliwack!

So last Saturday, a group of 5 teens and three adults came to visit us here in North Carolina from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Being that I worked at Cornerstone as an intern from 2004-2005, it was such a privilege to reengage with members from this church face-to-face.

The purpose of the trip was two-fold: to learn about the theme of ‘Grace, Race, and Reconciliation’ and to be an encouragement to the communities and congregations that I am connected to here in North Carolina. They learned through their experiences at the International Civil Rights Museum, the North Carolina History Museum, a meeting with Mayor Sears of Holly Springs, the North Carolina Capital Building, and learning as a small group. They helped Resurrection Life by serving at different communities such as Bass Lake Community Park in Holly Springs, Sonshine Gymnastics, Holly Springs Garden Club, and Habitat for Humanity. This team also spent significant time connecting and serving alongside and with members of First Reformed Church, and visited the youth group of Christ the King Presbyterian. It was a busy week, and it was a tremendous blessing to me, our family, and the ministry here! We miss them, and we look forward to seeing them again. Because this was such a success, we are looking at ways we could open this area up as a place for teens to come annually to come and serve. We’ll see. For now, we celebrate the way the Lord blessed Resurrection Life, First Reformed Church, and the many people they rubbed shoulders with while they were here. Enjoy these following pictures!

Working hard at a deconstruction project for Habitat for Humanity with Lindsey, Andrea, and Tamara.

Good job, Tyler, Ed, Caitlyn, and Jon! Making new friends with First Reformed.

Enjoying some peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches with First Reformed folks.

Thanks, Joe, for a great pic to pick! Best pork I’ve ever had.

Mmmmm,Southern hospitality!

Kaitlyn, way to get that stain out!

Posing at Bass Lake Community Park

Strong man, Jon!

Looks good, Jeff!

Another day of volunteering at Bass Lake with the Holly Springs Garden Club.

Showing off some gymnastics skills with the group after cleaning up at Sonshine Gymnastics.

Great planning this week with you, Ben! It was fantastic making a great, new friend throughout the journey.