Mission trips to Camp Lodestar are a wonderful blend of hard work, lively comradery and meaningful reflection in a beautiful setting. Our October 2015 trip was true to form. Always a joint mission between the Asbury and Lynnewood Methodist Churches, it is a chance to reconnect with longtime friends. What better way to live our faith in service!
On this trip, we addressed several pressing camp needs – replacing two dorm decks, rebuilding all of the recreation area picnic benches, replacing toilets, mirrors and light fixtures in one of the main lodges and painting one restroom. We accomplished way more than we expected.
Despite the reputation church camp food has, the staff at Lodestar provides excellent meals. We are always happy with the food there. And, of course, as is our tradition, our meals are supplemented by fun snacks. It is impressive how many popsicles and bags of popcorn we go through in one week.
After dinner each night we shared a reflection time. This year, our discussion focused on the book, The Road to Character by David Brooks. Themes of the book include the “Big ME, “the Age of the Selfie” and other challenging characteristics of today’s society and how they need to be addressed to build a modern model of strong character. Each evening we considered different observations by the author along with provocative questions. The discussions were spirited and at times, personal. Our evening devotions are a sacred experience which bonds the teams’ purpose of living our faith and enhances our spiritual walk.
Thursday morning began with a bang of thunder and a lightning bolt that awoke us all. This was our predawn “announcement” of our first ever mission trip mountain thunderstorm. We first thought that this might result in a day off. Au contraire…breakfast was served at the regular time and working in the rain all day was interesting. Some of the team became fashion statements in their trash bag rain garments. The rain poured down while the saws buzzed, the drills purred, and the pounding continued. With the horrific fire damage only five miles away from the camp, the rain was welcomed to drown out any smoldering ashes and to clear the air.
Prior to installing the stairs to the second deck, the ladies from Lynnewood took great delight in preparing the concrete and pouring it into the frames for the stairs landing. It was one of many especially enjoyable moments during the week. Laughter abounded when Dick, one mighty fine carpenter, hung a post upside down or when stories of previous goofs on other trips were shared.
We thank the Asbury and Lynnewood churches for their support. Consider joining in one of our 2016 mission trips. You will be rewarded with a meaningful experience of faith in action.
Your friends in faith,
Steve Elliott, Roger Everett, Coleman Johnson, Bob Hoffman, Dick Crawford, Doug Huey,
Cynthia DeLand, Beth Okurowski, Wendy Kenley, Karen Fletcher, and Mary Ellen Huey.