Instead... And 100 bins of peaches
A typical day at Gleanings looks like this:
7 AM Breakfast
8 AM Chapel
9 AM Field work
10:30 Factory work
1 Factory work
3 Factory Work
4:30 start cleanup
Evening activity as provided
This morning at chapel Fritz introduced us to the Gleanings theme verses for the summer which are “instead”:
Fritz challenged us to think about what our instead in our life is each and every moment - to think about the now and not so much about the later or the past. It was an awesome reminder that we serve a God of the instead.
Then, our new Gleanings team members got a factory tour while those who've been here before headed to the “field” to stack the dried peaches.
When the team finished factory orientation they made quick work of stacking the dried peaches and headed for the factory. Meanwhile, several of our team members reported for their assigned special duties: Henna is helping in the kitchen, and Victoria, Joey and Haley are helping with housekeeping duties.
The rest of the day was spent in the factory working peaches (I'll post a “journey of a peach” blog tomorrow) until cleanup time.
A few shout outs and then a bunch of pictures:
Our kids never cease to amaze me, but I watched several experienced peach workers from our group kindly step up to help those in need throughout the day today. Students gave special shoutouts to Elijah, Micah and Morgan (Schlumberger). Elizabeth volunteered not once but twice today for extra cleanup work when she could have been off for the day. Makoa wins for flexibly adjusting to help cover for missing people today. We mopped the dining hall so well they said it hasn't looked better all summer. And more than anything everyone did everything with an amazing servant attitude. They traded their grumbles for a song and sang it loud and proud!
Tomorrow will be another full day of running peaches, today we did 100 bins, which is about two thirds the goal, but since we're operating on less than half staff, I'm counting that as a major win!
Continue to pray for servant attitudes who jump in and have fun no matter how slimy peachy something is!