In the words of Forest Gump, life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. In many ways, this applies to our mission trip here at Wind River. You're always flying by the seat of your pants, and no one really has a set plan. Well, if there is a plan, it's almost always changed or not followed. Sometimes it is hard for us to let go of the control that we feel is necessary for things to run smoothly. For the past four years that I have gone on this mission trip, I have realized that when you spend all of your time and energy trying to control things, it doesn't end very well. One of the things people learned today was that being flexible and not trying to control everything is a key part in succeeding on this mission trip. Another thing that people learned today is that you don't always have to be doing something.
In past years, our first work day has been filled with cleaning out, organizing, staining, ripping out carpet tiles, and much more. With the way the Pastor and his family have kept up the church, we didn't have much to do today. We divided into groups and did what little needed to be done. There were about three to four people designated to sanding down the Pastor's deck to prepare it for the staining, then three people given the task of organizing the opening, and the rest of our group helped get crafts, snack, and the church set up for VBS. It didn't take very long to organize the opening, so when Hannah, Garret, and I were done with that, we helped where we were needed. After a while, we all came together and had lunch, then split up again to finish the little tasks that were left. Overall, today was a very productive day. I feel very prepared for VBS tomorrow and whatever God has in store for us.