One of Gary’s favorite quotes is Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. Look around and serve God.
So let’s see how that plays out for just the last week of June, our first week at Odosagih Bible Conference.
Looking Back we have so much to be thankful for! We ladies started out with washing windows in the porch of the dining room.
I was thankful that I had washed innumerable windows just last month, so I was fully qualified. My co-worker Linda also had lots of experience so the task was completed without incident! From there we moved to cleaning the Gift Shop/Book Store.
Just a couple of windows there, but plenty of dust to be found lurking on those shelves. An added bonus was checking out the books and other goodies that they offer. We were thankful for opportunity to spruce up this area before their busiest season begins!
The guys were beginning the job of rehabbing this home, getting it ready for a new (yet to be hired) staff person.
First out were the rugs. No pictures of that actual activity, but you can see the rolls of dead carpeting on the trailer. But it wasn’t just carpeting. There was also sheet linoleum and those pesky, glued down, floor tiles.
Those guys were mostly thankful for having the right tools and frequent breaks! They were also thankful that they got to move from flooring removal to removing a rickety railing
and replacing it with a much safer half-wall.
Their early Thursday job was to help uncover the pool.
For that they were thankful no one fell in.
(Though I did take a video because I was pretty sure it was inevitable!) And much to my amazement, that pool will be ready for swimmers and splashers starting tomorrow!
It was a good and safe first week of work – and for that we are most thankful!
But there’s more….
Friday we were thankful for the chance to visit a brand new SOWER project – Longview Camp – in nearby Arcade, NY. The camp has over 50 years of history in sharing the Gospel with families, and it was originally the summer home of Fran Striker, creator of The Lone Ranger and Green Hornet. It was great to get a tour of the property and see the vision for having this camp serve area churches as it strives to be “a place of decision in the areas of salvation, full surrender, and consistent Christian walk.”
Lord willing, we’re hoping to serve there next summer!
We arrived back at Odosagih in time for a quick nap (more thankfulness!) and then a boat ride on beautiful Lime Lake. It’s a relatively small lake, entirely spring fed, with its shores filled with picturesque cottages. It was such a lovely day – from start to finish!
Looking ahead, we are trusting that God will continue to bless the works of our hands here at the Bible Conference. We ladies will be joining the men at the house project – wielding our paint brushes as they continue to refurbish things! We are also trusting God to bless the many families that will be arriving this weekend for the beginning of their Family Camp season! Concerts and speakers and fun activities (all of which we are invited to if it fits in with our schedule =) ) will be filling the next several weeks! May He get all the Glory as folks are drawn to Him!
Which brings us to looking around and serving God. Since we played most of yesterday (Saturday One in the SOWER world), today I’ll be serving God by catching up on things! This blog, the checkbook, emails, housework, SOWER newsletter, etc. Even though we live in only 300+/- square feet, there is always something that needs to be done!
With that being said, I guess I better get started! At least I got one thing checked off the list – updating this blog!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a grand 4th of July weekend, dear friends!