Last week my family joined with three other families (8 adults and 7 kids) on a mission trip to New Jersey. We worked with Carl and Alicia Williamson, missionaries sponsored by our Cloverdale church, who have been planting a new church in Holmdel, NJ, called the Gateway Church of Christ.
The trip involved 2 days of travel by bus each way (yes, it was quite an experience with 7 little kids) which gave us 6 full days of working. We held a carnival and cookout at a housing project, did crafts with seniors at a nursing home, painted the community center where the Gateway church is currently meeting, did some cleaning for seniors at a retirement facility, shoveled dirt and split logs for a church member, conducted a Bible study, and did a few other miscellaneous tasks. We also worshiped with the Gateway and Brunswick Church of Christ and took a day off to visit New York City.
My wife is writing up a more detailed narrative of our time, and I'll post a link to her story when it is available. We were very thankful to have made the trip and were blessed with making many new friends and seeing God working in the lives of others. Now that we're back, it's time to focus on wrapping up some research and getting ready for another semester!
Update on 8/14/2012 - Becky's article about our trip is now available on the Cloverdale Church of Christ website.