Wednesday, Day 6, was work day at Lighthouse Ministries. We arrived there around 9:00 a.m. We helped with cleaning tables, chairs, and floors in the dining area, picked up trash all around the property, helped get their sound and media hooked up for when they start church in a couple of weeks. Then as the people from the streets were entering the dining hall to eat, Four12 sang a few songs. The kids did great!
After they sang, we prayed and then they were served lunch. They had already had people there to serve, so we packed up and headed back to church to eat our lunch. After lunch, we had time to rest a little, then we started to pack everything up. Everyone had to get showers because the ARK didn't have shower facilities. Our next time to get showers was going to be 30 hours later!
Before we arrived at the ARK, we stopped to eat supper. We had Chick-Fil-A, Panera Bread, and Culvers. I've never heard of Culvers, but we tried it and it was really good. We also had another guest join us for the rest of the trip. Our pastor, Lee Waller, flew into Lexington to join us at the ARK and for the rest of the trip. Also, his wife, Tana, and their child, Caleb, didn't know he was coming. So, Andrea and Angela went to go pick up Lee from the airport and met us at the Culvers restaurant. Lee walked behind Tana and surprised her and Caleb. They were glad to see him. We were all glad to see him.
After supper, we drove about 30 minutes and arrived at the ARK. We loaded on one of their buses that took us to the ARK. After bringing all of our overnight stuff to the decks we were sleeping on, they took us on a private tour. We had the entire ARK to ourselves. They gave us water, snacks, did a little game of charades, tried to show a movie, but it didn't work. It was fine though, because we were tired. But, we did sing a couple of songs to the staff before going to bed. The sleeping arrangements were: The boys were on deck three and the girls were on deck 2. Chaperones were the only ones to have air mattresses. The students had to sleep on the floor. We couldn't have cots. It was kinda roughing it, but how many chances do you get to sleep on the ARK?!
Thursday, Day 7, started off with waking up, getting ready (remind you that there were no shower facilities, only bathrooms), packing everything back up to take back to the bus. After loading everything back on the bus, we went to their restaurant where they had breakfast ready for us. After breakfast, they took us on a private tour in the zoo where we got up close to a lot of the animals. After the zoo tour, our zip lining started. We had 18 of us go at 10:00 a.m. and another group of 10 went at 1:00 p.m. As the 1st group went, the rest of enjoyed the day in the ARK, looking at what we didn't get to see last night, including the gift shop. The 2nd group went zip lining at 1:00 p.m. After the 2nd group was done zip lining, we took a couple of group pictures in front of the ARK, then started home at 4:00 p.m. We arrived at our hotel just outside of Chattanooga, TN around 10:00 last night.
The ARK experience was really a great experience and it is recommended for everyone to see it at least once. The overnight experience was really worth it and I HIGHLY recommend it for student groups.
Friday, Day 8, (this morning), consists of traveling and arriving at DSBC around 3:00 or 3:30. This has been a great trip with some great kids and adults! Four12 will be singing at DSBC this Sunday, April 7 during the morning service. They will also present their whole program on Sunday night at 5:30 p.m.
Thanks everyone for your prayers and I can't wait until next time!