I learned something very important about myself this morning – I’m allergic to getting up before the sun comes up! As I drove through the quiet darkness of 4:30 a.m. I began sneezing uncontrollably. So, that must be my body telling me that it’s simply not normal to be up that early 🙂
I’m cool with it, though, because getting up this morning was actually a joy for me. I was up at o’dark thirty to help prepare breakfast for our Salkehatchie campers who were to be on site this morning by 7 a.m. Salkehatchie Summer Service is a wonderful youth mission project that began in South Carolina in 1978. Youth from all over the United States (but mostly from North and South Carolina) come to spend a week rebuilding homes for those who can’t afford to make those repairs themselves. It’s quite remarkable the work that these kids (and adults) do in a week – and, as luck usually has it, they are doing this work in 90+ degree temperatures. Oh, and did I mention that these kids PAY to do this?! Yep! And all of the money paid for this camp goes straight to building supplies for the homes in need. This is an all volunteer effort and it’s simply remarkable.
What really made my morning, though, was walking into the church’s kitchen this morning to not only find it already a buzz of activity, but to find that half the folks in the kitchen were TEENAGERS! Yep! Our youth were here as early as I was and they were working their tushies off cooking for these campers. I could not be more proud to be a part of Huntersville United Methodist than I am right now. These dedicated youth, who could be sleeping until noon, are here working (oh, and they all said they’d be here tomorrow to0!) and serving other youth. I can’t think of a more beautiful site :).
I made sure to greet every person coming through the breakfast line with a bright and cheery, “GOOD MORNING!” I was met by both smiles and looks that said, quite clearly, “Lady, it’s way too early to be that cheerful.” Well, I am cheerful. I’m full of joy as I type this at 8:18 a.m. I’ve been up for four hours already, but I feel like I could take on the world, thanks to a fabulous group of young people who truly inspired me today. God is SO good!