Werd. Go me.
This past July, from Saturday the 17th to Saturday the 24th, nineteen members of the NMCC Youth Group along with three adult leaders made the roughly-sixteen-hour trip from Madison, Connecticut to Delbarton, West Virginia. The group spent the night of the 17th at the Perry Valley Presbyterian Church in Millerstown, Pennsylvania, waking early on Sunday to complete the trip. During our stay in the cheerfully-decorated elementary school in Delbarton, the group was blessed with the opportunity to mingle with diverse members of other visiting groups, and took advantage of the situation. The other groups working with us hailed from Iowa, New York State, and Illinois.
During the day, the NMCC group was divided into work crews with members from other groups. While most groups were sent to a variety of homes to offer services as house-painters, others participated in running a Vacation Bible School for the local children. The regular evening activities included singing, worship, individual and group devotional time, and testimonies of the day’s occurrences. There was also a special activity each evening, such as a trip to a public swimming pool and attending a local church service. The week concluded with a community barbecue to thank the citizens of Delbarton for opening their homes to Youthworks. After a brief (and rather wet) detour to Dorney Park in Pennsylvania, the group made its way home.
In addition to experiencing God’s love through the reactions we received from the locals of Delbarton, the group witnessed many other instances where the Lord was surely working. Disputes were quickly settled, and the group grew closer as a whole while building lasting bonds with people around the country. We would like to thank the NMCC congregation for this opportunity, as it was their open-minded generosity that made this trip possible. Thank you!!