OSLC attends Workcamp in Glenwood, Minnesota
Eleven youth and three adult leaders sponsored by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church attended the Glenwood, MN Group Workcamp July 13-19. Group workcampers from across the country offered home repair assistance to the local residents in need. This year’s group Workcamp theme was “Repair, Be A Story of Transformation”. This was the thirteenth Workcamp mission trip for OSLC.
Members of the group from OSLC included: Kaitlin A, Tim A, Faith F, Jordan F, David G, Kathy G, Lauren G, Madison H, Logan N, Morgan O, Pastor Doug, Kyle P, Kayla P, and Tyre V.
The group left Audubon around 11:30 a.m. on July 12 and made an overnight stop in Glenwood, MN. The workcampers were joined by another youth group from Illinois. Both groups stayed at Glenwood Lutheran Church on Saturday night and attended worship there on Sunday morning.
The OSLC workcampers arrived at Minnewaska High School around noon on Sunday. It is located next to Lake Minnewaska in Pope County. The group unloaded their luggage and air mattresses and checked into the classrooms which they would call home for the next 6 days. The guys shared a room with a youth group from Kansas City. The girls shared a room with a youth groups from West Des Moines and Illinois.
There were 260 participants who attended the Workcamp from five different states and fourteen different churches. The participants were divided into crews that completed 44 projects that totaled over 7500 hours of community service. Each crew consisted of at least one adult leader and five youth.
Some of the projects included painting, wheelchair construction, deck construction, and yard work. Many of the residents were elderly or disabled and were unable to do the maintenance work on their homes. The residents were very appreciative of the work that was completed for them. The community was also very supportive of the workcampers and many of the local churches provided snacks to the crews.
The workcampers’ day began with a wake-up call at 6:45 a.m. Breakfast was served at 7 a.m. followed by a short program at 8 a.m. Each crew left for their worksite after the morning program and worked on their project until 3:30 p.m. The crews also had a time of devotions and ate a sack lunch at the worksite.
Dinner was served at 5 p.m. and the evening program began at 7:30 p.m. The evening programs consisted of singing, slide shows of the workcampers at their job sites, skits, God sightings, and worship experiences. Kyle played guitar with the worship team at the evening programs. Following the evening worship service, each youth group had a time for devotions followed by lights out at 11 p.m. On Wednesday evening there was a variety show that consisted of several different groups singing and playing instruments. The residents we worked for were invited to the Friday evening program. A slide show of the residents, their work crews, and the work projects highlighted the evening program.
The workcampers had Wednesday afternoon off to enjoy with their youth groups. Members of OSLC visited Casey’s Amusement in Alexandria where they enjoyed go carting, putt putt golf, and water bumper car.