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Day 8: There is No Place Like Home

To be honest, I kind of wanted to go home. I felt sort of like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz at the end, where she wants more than anything else to go home. But it’s a bittersweet goodbye because she has to say goodbye to all of the friends she met and grew connections […]


Day 7: Skillet

The morning unlike the last was terribly hot. We got to sleep in until 9:00 a.m. which was a nice change. We rode on the Detroit monorail, called the People Mover, which took us around the city after breakfast. We were challenged to meet more people. It was a little shaky, but we got a […]


Day 6: A Rose and Concrete

The sound of raindrops outside the 53rd story window was a surprise at first so early in the morning. It was so peaceful, but soon we would be walking in it. A whole lot of us. We woke up early. We had to. It was service day, which at first didn’t really mean much. We […]


Day 5: Learning to Love a Good Challenge

“We are out of eggs sir.” “Do you have any breakfast food left?” “Nope.” “Were you expecting this many people?” The poor woman behind the counter smiled, and shook her head no. “I’ll take a BLT then on flatbread please.” “Sure thing.” 30,000 people can run a food court out of some stocks of food. […]


Day 4: Gather in Detroit

The night before I roomed with two boys from the St. John’s group and we all awoke to a boxed breakfast which was enjoyed in the room. Then only minutes later we separated and found our groups and loaded up the vans. The next stop was Cedar Point Amusement Park! There the St. Paul youth […]


Day 3: Road Trip

It’s hard to know how challenging sharing one bathroom between 28 people is until you are faced with the situation. But all three groups, with some help from the Lord, made it work. AJ, the youth leader for Center made the morning all better with boxes of Dunkin Donuts for all 3 groups. But Moses, […]


Day 2: Starting Serving

“There are more bridges in Pittsburgh then there are in Venice, Italy.” “Really?” “It’s true.” In total there are 446 bridges in the city of Pittsburgh. It’s officially the city with the most bridges in the world. It has three more than Venice, Italy. This fact came as a surprise to everyone from St. Paul […]


Day 1: Departure

To help share events from the National Youth Gathering, Jackson Hoch, one of our youth will be blogging the groups’ experiences from the event. Jackson is a soon to be Senior at Carlisle Area High School and has a heavy interest in English and Creative Writing. He is a member of the Carlisle Thundering Herd […]


The Power of Positive Energy

What is energy? In physics terminology, energy is a property of objects which can be transferred to other objects or converted into different forms, but cannot be created or destroyed. The Energy Bus is a book that I (Greg) have become very fond of. My full time job at WebpageFX thrives off this book and […]

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