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Tuesday, May 12

Running on empty

As I begin writing this blog I am sitting in my classroom at school staring out the window. I am mesmerized at a brilliantly blue sky with sunlight flooding in my room. What a beautiful sight! This is the 3rd day in a row with no rain and today the clouds have parted and the sun is shinning through. Of course I do live in Tennessee and the weather could change in half an hour so I am enjoying it while I can.

According to the site counter, we are now only 44 days till our trip to Honduras. About 6 weeks and counting. It is hard to believe, isn’t it? For those GOING on the trip, time is creeping along and June 26th can’t get here soon enough; for those of us PLANNING the trip, time is flying by and the departure date is roaring towards us like a car approaching a stop sign while going down a steep hill with no brakes!!! It is all in your perspective.

Here are important dates and information everyone needs to know concerning our trip:

Monday, May 18: Villa Gracias (Mission House) deposit paid
Saturday, May 23: Torch T-shirt orders go to the silk screeners to be printed.
Friday, May 29: Torch supplemental insurance submitted and paid.
Saturday, May 30: Torch duffel bags stenciled and numbered
Sunday, May 31: Torch fund raiser luncheon / auction @ Western Hills CoC
Friday, June 5: All collected supplies and donations due in Nashville.
Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7: Torch retreat in Centerville, TN
Wednesday, June 10: Final balance payment due (and remaining paper work)
Friday, June 12: Torch Journal goes to printers
Tuesday, June 16: Torch Journals mailed to team leaders
Friday, June 19: Torch funds withdrawn from bank for trip
Tuesday, June 23: Stress test as last minute details taken care of before departure!!!
Wednesday, June 24: Advance team departs for Honduras
Friday, June 26: Main team departs for Honduras!!!

Outside of this, the only things I need to do is design the Torch shirts, write the Torch Journal, and finish ordering / buying medical supplies and gear for the trip. As you can see, time is flying by!!!! Forget about teaching classes, reviewing, final exams, report cards, sleep………

As for our Torch team members, Wednesday, June 10th is the date you need to focus on. It is VERY, VERY important that you have your final paper work and payments to me NO LATER THAN THE 10th. Do not mail your final payment on the 10th. I need it on my hand by that date. Checks have to have time to be deposited so that they have time to clear before I withdraw the money on June 19th.

For those coming to the retreat the weekend of June 5-7, I need to know how many are coming BY THIS WEEKEND. We have to confirm our reservation numbers at the retreat center Sunday night. Group leaders please take time this week to get with your team members to verify how many are going. The retreat is $25 per person and that pays for 3 days / 2 nights at the retreat center and Friday dinner; 3 meals on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.

This is our tentative schedule for the retreat:
Friday, June 5
3:30 – 6:00: arrive at Camp Meribah Lodge
6:30: Dinner
7:30-9:00: Mixer games and such like
9:00: Evening devotional
Saturday, June 6
8:00: Breakfast
9:00: Morning devotional
10:00 – 12:00: Presentation of the overview of the trip (projects, expectations, dress codes, rules, etc); presentation of the water purification system (construction of system, problem solving, prep work, etc by Friendship Christian students); presentation of VBS materials and Bible lessons (Hilldale Church of Christ, Clarksville, TN)
12:30: Lunch
1:30 – 2:30: Free time; prep for packing of supplies
2:30 – 4:30: Sort, pack supplies in duffle bags; color code bags; create manifest list
4:30 – 6:00: Small group discussions. Team will be divided into groups and will rotate to different stations to discuss different aspects of the trip (construction projects; medical; evangelism; visitation; service projects; etc)
6:00: Typical Honduras Dinner!
7:00: Group activities continued
9:00: Evening devotional
Sunday, June 7
8:00: Worship service
9:00: Camp clean-up
10:30: Brunch and final clean-up
11:30: check out

Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or thoughts concerning the trip. Continue reading the blog, I will be posting on a regular basis from this point on! It is an honor to get to work with all of you this summer! Hasta luego mis hermanos y las hermanas en Cristo!


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