In a Gentle Way You Can Shake the World

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.    — Mahatma Gandhi

The crew today finished painting the Black Eagle Church, or at least all that could be reached by ladder and extension stick. The church will finish off the rest when they can obtain a bucket truck to reach the high parts. In total 23 different PVs had a hand in painting the church, alongside the two church members that asked us to help. When we finished at lunchtime, we decided to go to the 2nd Street Diner in Mullens for lunch. The couple from the church decided to join us and very generously paid for our lunch.

After lunch, volunteers took off to go make a couple of visits. They stopped to say goodbye to our friends in Rock View where the ramp was build over the last couple of weeks. After a long and pleasant visit, they stopped in to visit old friends in Cabin Creek, two sisters that we have worked with past several years. They were excited to welcome the volunteers and show them all the work they had done in and around the house since last year. By all reports everything looked fantastic!

There were enough leftovers from last night that we got to enjoy the roasted squash, quinoa and couscous again, along with sauteed broccoli and asparagus. It was just as delicious the second time around. : )

Tonight’s closing reflection centered on how doing an act of service changes us in so many ways. A reflection written by someone who had done service for a couple of years was read and then we each shared how we were changed because of choosing to come down this week. It was a nice way to end the week. Afterward we all piled in the pickup for a group selfie!

Thank you to the volunteers the week for another wonderful experience. You touched many lives by your presence.

Visiting with a friend

The painters at the end of the day

Long reach!

Many levels of painting

Smiling, happy group in the back of lil’ blue


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