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Spring Break Trip (cont.) March 19, 2008

Posted by Jeremy in IV Staff Development, ODU.

     Let me just say how great the week was in Richmond. As I said in the previous post, there was 21 students that went. We were gone from Monday to Friday, working with on organization called C.H.A.T (Church Hill Activities & Tutoring). Below are some pictures from the week. We spent the week tutoring kids, playing with the kids, working on the lighthouse (the house that CHAT has all their activities in) to fix it up – painting, landscaping, building railing, more painting, rebuilding piers for front porch.
     The students really connected with the kids and with the people who work at CHAT. We had 4 of the students who got application to intern at CHAT this summer for 10 weeks, and it looks like 2 of them are going to be able to do it. The trip was done very well. There was a great balance between the students getting to see the community and learn about it, spending time with the kids, and doing community work. One of the mornings we went of a prayer/trash pick up walk around Church Hill. We broke into several groups and walked around for about 45 minutes. It was awesome to hear what God did in the midst of that time. Everyone came back with a huge black bag of trash (some with several) and many of the students had opportunities to talk with people from the community and pray specifically with them.
     I really saw the students grow during this week. They saw what it looks like to serve and to live out the faith that we have been talking about all semester long. For many of them this was there first exposer to a service project/mission trip. By the end of the week they were excited to get more involved in the Norfolk (ODU area) community and begin serving there. All in all, I was very pleased with how the week turned out and hope to bring ASU on a service project there next year. Below are a few pictures from the trip. [If you have a facebook account, I put about 160 pictures from the trip on there if you want to check out some more of the week – if you don’t have one here is your excuse to sign up for one :)]

Samson reading with one of the kids.

The group on a bus tour of Church Hill

painting the fence

working on rebuilding the piers and getting ready to install
the corner column.



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