From HDA

We said goodbye to our volunteers from Geist Christian Church from Indianapolis this morning. Last night they visited our farmers market and enjoyed Thursday’s on the Triangle! They also hosted a bake-off, which included a mystery ingredient (Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies) introduced 30 minutes in. I was asked to join as their guest judge! They were filled with so much positive energy and excitement all week. You guys were absolute rock stars! You made repairs to someone’s home by installing a new roof, making their home warmer and drier! You installed new flooring and a new porch for someone and made a huge impact in their home. You dug not one but two footers and framed the roof of one of our Gurney’s Bend houses. Your work was inspiring and invaluable. THANK YOU!!! -Rebekah Vermillion, HDA Summer Assistant ❤

Day 4

The last day of the mission trip did not disappoint. We switched the groups, and I was a little bummed about not getting to be with team ditch and our amazing carpenters, but day four was fun nevertheless. We were up on the roof nailing down rafters over the support beams all morning. Personally, I was not looking forward to being on a roof for a third day, but the work that we got done was incredible. We got all of the roof decking nailed by hand, no nail gun. We also took out the roof support beams and worked on the structure of the house to prepare it for dry-wall. Everyone was working so hard, and the blisters on our hands are proof. Working with our carpenters, Phillip and Steve, was the highlight of my day. They were constantly encouraging me, being patient, and making me laugh. I saw God in all of our carpenters this week, but especially these two. Driving to and from the worksites was

also a time that I connected with God. Even though the curving roads made me nauseous, the landscape was beautiful and allowed me to connect with God. The other youth and our leaders were yet another place where God was evident. This was my first mission trip, and being able to connect so quickly with my group and the other kids in general was amazing. The effort that Kyle, Jeff, and Claire put in to make this trip possible for us did not go unnoticed. I especially am grateful for Kyle because he was exhausted on the fourth day, but he was still up on the roof with us and doing his best to be positive. Lastly, for as much as I complain about him, this was the only mission trip I will get to do with my brother in the youth group. Dominic was constantly making sure I was feeling ok, had enough to eat, and was comfortable on the roof, and I am ao thankful to have such a godly brother. I

have made so many friends and memories this week, and I could not have asked for a better first mission trip.

Carly Minatel

Last Day

Today we woke up at 5:30 sharp…again. At the worksite we began the day by tearing up the old floors. Next, learned the proper way to measure and cut laminate floors in order to reinstall the floors of part of the kitchen and living room. Also, Robbie and I used a table saw and cut baseboards that we then secured using a nail gun.

Today we finished the deck that we started on Wednesday. I started out by drilling in all of the spindles. Following the spindles, we dug holes to put the support beams in. To finish it up, Tyler and I mixed up the cement and hammered underneath the deck.

People at work

Hey y’all, I’m Hailey, I am an incoming senior at Mt. Vernon High School, and this is my 4th mission trip with GCC. I’m here to let you know what all’s been going on at our site the past 2 days!! Yesterday we were just a few lots away from where we were on Monday, but we were still surveying and laying the foundation for a new house to be built. Steve (our head contractor) even let me take over the surveyor, which was quite fun. I got to crack jokes with him instead of being the one to give him a hard time. For example, Phillip, one of our other contractors, told me to call him 2 brain because, according to Phillip, Steve only has two brain cells. Then we all learned how to tie together the wiring. We also helped with the concrete being poured for the foundation of the house, and that was about it for that site! Today we were at a new site doing something different. We were carrying the trusses for the roof over to the crane, which was being operated by Phillip, then he would send it on up to the other guys on the roof, and they would nail them in! Connor, Alex and Brady even got to go up onto the roof to hammer in some beams! After our long and hot work day, we got our teams for the bake off tomorrow and figured out what each group will be making…pray for good outcomes from my team *wink wink*! I cant wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us, should be an interesting day! Thanks for everyone’s love and support back at home. Goodnight. 🙂

Love can build a bridge

Group A on day 3 had a nice change of pace after 2 days of roofing. We went up into the mountains and began replacing the porch of one of our contractor’s brothers. Tearing down the old decking was a lot of fun and didn’t take much time. Our group got to use fun power tools and sledgehammers to knock over posts. But the difficult part was putting in a new patio.

The precision and focus we had for each support beam made the process drag on. After work, both groups had a relaxing evening, with tacos for dinner and some card games to wind down in the evening. It was a great day, and it felt good to help someone who meant so much to us like the contractors.


The day started bright and early with a 6am departure time, much to the disappointment of Kyle. The task for the day included removing the old shingles from the roof and replacing them with new ones. With a day of roofing experience under our belts, we completed the task with much time to spare. After leaving the worksite, we made a stop at a gas station to pick up some drinks, including the beloved Ale8, a soft drink originally created in Kentucky. After returning to the church, the boys in the group decided to get a lift in at the local community center. Dinner was a traditional Kentucky-style meal that consisted of soup beans, cornbread, potatoes, and macaroni with tomato sauce. We finished off the night with a quick Dairy Queen blizzard stop and a few rounds of our favorite card game, Mao.