Ireland – Day 3

After sleeping in this morning, we met up at school and hopped on our bus to head to the location of the day. Our adventure led us back to the lovely St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church. After unloading some tools and grabbing paints and pool noodles, we got to work painting our Dragons nest! With the dragon eggs completed when we last visited, we were determined to finish all of the components for the medieval nest. With some members working to put up a beautiful cross along the mindfulness path behind the building, others stayed inside and painted. While the girls were jamming out to music, painting, having a fun time making the vision that the church had imagined come to life, the boys slipped out to run an errand and grab a sweet surprise. Celebrating the birthday of Mary Claire, the boys brought back yummy ice cream sweets and refreshing sodas for everyone, which we enjoyed while we sang to her. Today’s tasks, assigned by our friends at the church, was pushing to get ready for the Vacation Bible School events put on every year for the children involved with the church. The staff and everybody involved with St. Luke’s put on this program to help children learn about and get closer to Jesus. With every component that goes into this project, we were thrilled to be a part of such an impactful project and glad we could help the sweet people at St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church. We had a wonderful day and hope to come back in the future!

Ireland – Day 2

Early this morning, we loaded our bus and headed on our next adventure. We took a ride and met up with our new friends at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. After munching on some muffins and getting our boundaries of the campus, we were told the objective of our service and led to the space we would be working for the day. We were assigned to a room with isles of shelves and boxes of unopened braille textbooks. With the task of labeling and organizing the books, we were in for a busy day! Though the job seemed straightforward and simple, we had some organizational conflicts and surprises along the way. The exposure to the curriculum of the students at the TSBV was insightful, and we were glad to take the weight of the task off of the staff’s shoulders.

While many of our team members live close to where we get to serve, not many are aware of the work that goes into the blind and visually impaired community. The teachers and staff work endlessly to help every student and resident develop their own independence, individuality, and insights into their lives, along with accomplishing advanced academics. Thankful that the TSBVI community let us volunteer, we are so happy that we could help the students and staff. After our work was done, we loaded on the bus, headed to B.D. Riley’s, and celebrated our day with some authentic Irish Cuisine. A perfect end to a lovely earrach day of service at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Ireland – Day 1

Today we had the opportunity to help some friends out with preparations around their service and work for the community. After meeting our team at the Hyde Park high school campus, we sat as a group and listened to an encouraging message about our GoWeek mission. Following a reflection, we packed up and headed to St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal church to give a helping hand to our sweet new friends. While boarded on our bus, we listened to worship music and spent time getting to know each other, which made us excited for the day ahead of us.

After arriving at St. Luke’s, we received a tour of the building and spoke about what we were going to be doing. Every summer, a particular program is put on by the church. Kids of all ages can come together to learn about Jesus at Vacation Bible School. With a magical medieval theme, we had the opportunity to help them decorate and get work done for the VBS events scheduled for this year. By painting and hot gluing “dragon eggs” and helping out with building the St. Luke’s Castle, we spent our time working to make this event special for the kids. With all of the hard work done by the community involved in the St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church, we were happy to help in any way we could.

Though the joy of pool-noodle sword fighting and making dragon eggs undoubtedly highlights our activities, everything we did today was rewarding and done for the fantastic members of the church who conscientiously devote their days to building the relationships between others and Jesus.