We had a lot of fun Wednesday night at the Spark kickoff!
We met down the street from Ridgewood at Hager Park for a photo scavenger hunt. We started off with some fun name games to welcome new students and to help everyone learn each others names. After our opening games, we split into three groups for our photo scavenger hunt. The students were given a list of 25 things they had to locate in the park and take a group picture with. There was even a secret station set up that students had to find in the park. When they got there, they found some bins with dress up clothes. They had to put on a crazy outfit for a group picture.
Its rained every single day that we have been here in Zuni. No one from our group who has been here before has had more than one or two days with rain before. For the most part the rain has been in the evening, so it hasn't prevented us from working. Most of the time when it rains, it rains hard. The stream next to the school which was just a puddle when we got here last week is now filled with water. Even still, the stream only flows while it was raining. I have enjoyed the heavy rains, because the desert plants around us have turned green and wild flowers are blooming everywhere. There has also been a ton of lightening. Below is a pic that Jason caught of a far off lightening bolt.
One of the major differences between Zuni and Jenison is that if you are working on a project in Jenison and you forget something, its just a short trip to Gemmen's or Lowes to get exactly what you need. If you don't have something in Zuni, there is a hardware store you can go to, but they might not have the exact right product you need. The nearest Home Depot is a 45 minute drive away in Gallup.
The amount of time it takes to get materials has required those on the trip doing physical labor to be both patient and flexible. On our first day, one group was all set to repaint a shed, when they realized that they had been supplied with stain, which you can't put over paint! They were flexible and we soon were able to send them to paint a different shed that needed to be stained. I sometimes wonder if mixups like these are God's way of pointing us to the projects that he wants us to complete.
This is why my theme for many service projects and something I told the group as we went over the schedule was, "Just Roll With It"