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South Carolina Mission - 2010

On July 10th, a group of 19 of us departed for Florence, South Carolina for our annual VBS/Service project trip. After we dropped Josh Gulley off to spend the week with Caleb, we traveled to the home of Dan & April Fox for a cookout. It was there that the host families for our young people would meet us. Following the meal and a time of fellowship, Kelsey Hedge, Makalee Ruch, Loren Cripps, and Ashley Barnes left for the home of Harrison & Caroline Watson. Cynthia Woodward, Hannah Lee, Macy Felts, and Kristen James left to spend the week with Rick, Eboni, Anna Grace, Lacy, Leah, and Abby . Johnson. Tracey, Becky, Spencer, and Mitchell Taylor would take Justin Nokes, Grant James, and Nathan Turner to their home. Dustin Hood and Ethan Shaw would stay with Dan & April and their children, Jordan, Lauren, Claire, and Macy while Melissa Ruch, Kevin & Robin James, Janet & I headed for the Holiday Inn Express.

On Sunday, Dustin Hood gave a presentation of his India mission trip during the Bible class hour while I had the privilege of preaching during the morning worship service. Monday began our VBS as we averaged 47 kids for the week. The Gregg Ave. building is not a large building and 50 kids is the capacity for VBS. We had a great time teaching, singing, and interacting with all the kids that week.

After Monday's VBS we all headed to the Little Pee Dee River for a float down the river and a BBQ picnic supper. Following VBS on Tuesday - Thursday our young people met with some of the youth of Gregg Ave. for some Bible study time each day for a couple of hours intermingled with some ice cream, activities, and a trip to a tea room and a tea party for the girls.

Tuesday evening we went out into the Maple Park Neighborhood to conduct a survey for the Neighborhood Association, which consists of some 375-400 homes. The local newspaper came to interview some of our group. This was the third year in a row that we have received attention from the TV and/or newspaper for our community work.

Wednesday evening found us at Bible study and partaking in a fellowship meal with some of the residents of the neighborhood in their monthly meal hosted by the church.

Thursday evening rounded out the week as the church building was filled to capacity with parents, grandparents, etc. to watch the closing program.

All in all, I feel we had a very successful week. Thanks to all who went and especially to everyone who donated towards the renting of the bus to get us there!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward