We’re on the way home! We’ve traded the hills of Appalachia for the cornfields of Indiana, followed by the toll roads of Illinois and now the dells of Wisconsin with 5 hours left in our power trip home (1 shot 18 hours!) Phew!
What a trip! Both parents and the congregation should be so proud of this group of kids!!
Having a lot of driving time for reflection, it strikes me what an unusual experience it is to have kids and adults (aside from Brian who came with a lot of background knowledge and construction experience) learning on the job at the same time. Most of the adults didn’t know any more than the youth about perlins or tyvek, subflooring or spindles, so we had to problem solve together, teach each other, communicate effectively, and build each other up collectively. We all found it at times to be frustrating, wearing, hot (all the time), and so, so gratifying.
Though many arrived a little hesitant about the trip, by the end, everyone said they would go again, and despite the long car ride home, the youth riding in my vehicle asked if we couldn’t just ride around for one more hour, because they just weren’t ready for the trip to be over.
Thanks again to the kids for their willingness, the adult chaperones for sharing precious time, and to all the folks who gave money and sent good vibes along the way. We are so grateful for your support and plan to share more about our experience with you as part of a service in September.
Post from Friday:
On the morning of our last work day at AS another church led a devotional featuring the bible story about Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. We have all been living into the role reversal of being the ones who serve vs those who are served, being the teens doing the bulk of the work, being the adults who have to step back to allow the kids room to step up.
Noses to the grindstone, we finished up our projects!! The ramp project group finished the spindles up by midmorning and spent the rest of the day mitigating a couple new issues that popped up as well as getting the bathroom prepped for the plumber to come next week. Continue reading →
Top down view from the scaffold showing a team hard at work.
The finished side of the house!
The 9th grade crew has been working on two different projects for Virginia, a homebound homeowner and her adult son, Richard. One project involves building a ramp and installing railing spindles to improve ease of access, and the other is to work underneath the floor of a bathroom to fix structural problems before installing a new toilet and bath. Today the crew got really close to being done with all those spindles and finally? closed up “the hole,” as it is affectionately called, in the bathroom.
The 11th grade crew is working on a project for homeowners Carl and Jessica, 6 year old Blake, and 4 year old Charleigh. They are tasked with prepping (wrapping/insulating) the exterior of their house for the addition of new siding as well as a new window installation. One side of the house butts up against a fence and has an air conditioner in the way, which makes the workspace extra tight. This crew celebrated finishing up the front side insulation today which involved lots of angled cuts and small pieces to measure.
Tonight ASP provided a delicious picnic dinner in a nearby park where the kids got to burn off some extra energy and go swimming. (How the youth have any energy left after working hard on these extremely hot and humid days is still baffling to the fearless, and tired leaders.)
Tomorrow is our last work day and we are all anxious to challenge ourselves to finish up as much as we can before passing the work onto new ASP crews who will take over where we leave off next week.
The kids have been having a lot of fun bonding. Part of what kids do is make memes and Ellen made a meme of Henry which references stranger things because they lovingly call Henry the economy eleven (bc he has hair like eleven and can lift big things but not true superpowers). They were hoping the meme would make the blog!
The rest of the photos are probably self explanatory 🙂