Mission Possible 2008
Mission Possible 2008

Well – getting started was no routine task. Our day, on Friday started without issue. Everyone was on time, prepared and full of enthusiasm for our mission. We arrived at the airport, checked-in and quickly became hostages of the airline. The story is long and boring. Suffice to say we flew out of Philadelphia approximately 13 hours after our scheduled departure time and arrived here, at St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church, at 4:15am on Saturday. At 9am on Saturday morning our groups went to two worksites for Habitat for Humanity and worked diligently helping to pickup trash and move tons of dirt and mulch, nail in trestles and help form a foundation. This group has a great spirit – It’s a pleasure to be with them all.
Saturday evening we went to a Tampa Bay Devil Ray’s baseball game. (A welcome break).

Through all of the delays and aggravation the kids were exceptional. Their acceptance of our situation is amazing!

On Sunday morning we woke up and attended church services and had a wonderful breakfast provided by our host church! We then went to Myakka State Park and met the local alligators before earning our keep by removing exotic plants that overrun the trails. We also learned about fire ants and poision ivy (the hard way) !! We took showers and returned to the church to another wonderful meal prepared by one of St. Margaret's church members.
As I write this a hardy game of hearts is being waged (Father Dave may have met his match on this trip). We are all eager for the start of Camp on Monday morning!

Monday morning we began our experience with the children at daycamp. Words cannot describe the feeling of love and appreciation felt by all of us and the children of Arcadia. They are wonderful kids, full of enthusiasm, energy, joy and love. These feelings are shared by everyone here.

Thank you is an insufficient word to use when wespeak of the amazing love and support demonstrated by the congregation of St. Margaret's and everyone we encountered along the way.
Jackie, our host for most of the trip, was an amazing person with undying love for everything she does. From the beginning - meeting us at the church at 4:15 am when we arrived, to taking some of our dirty clothes to her house to wash for us. Always going farther then she needed to and responding with "This is how I roll"..We love her all she has done for us !

The last day was full of emotion, learning and tears. Maria, the woman who runs the daycamp, took us on a tour of the migrant camps. We stopped often to hear her stories of the way these people live and work, for far less then fair wages. It was an eye-opening journey for us all.
Farewells are always difficult but, over the past week new bonds were formed and existing ones were strengthened. This mission trip was full of love and learning. If you ask any of the people who ministered on this mission what their best memory was you will find them hard pressed to pick one, and you won't hear the same one twice.
This was a great trip full of new experiences and blessings for us all.

Please continue to check back - this site will be updated over the next week - we have over a thousand pictures and they will all be put here. Thank you all for your support and prayers for all of us.
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