Day Two Review by Lindsey

Full and deep is the best way to describe day 2 on the GCC HS mission trip. Full in that the experiences and education touch all parts of body, mind, and soul – some in deep and meaningful ways.

❤️Anything living and growing together becomes completely entwined in one another whether it be people or large weeds, small trees, and chain linked fences. In the case of the latter, wire cutters to the rescue!

🧡Detroit and Indianapolis are similar in a lot of ways….now I have you thinking!

💛An amazing organization is one that works not only to improve and sustain the neighborhoods as part of its mission but also to teach and empower the volunteers. Ada and Arthur are the A-team of Amazing.

💚People are willing to close themselves in a pitch black luggage compartment of a bus solo if it means changing from pants to shorts. We are resourceful!

💙Move over Louve, I’m in love with the Detroit Institute of Art. We learned about the industry and history of Detroit, the advances of medicine, the dangers of factories, the political struggles, the forward thinking of equal rights, the interplay between the blue collar and white collar world all from the coolest mural I have ever seen that is intricate, bright, vibrant, and about 80 years old. We traveled to a French gothic chapel (down the hall) and watched the strength of a woman not spilling the milk. Deep, very deep.

💜A ridiculously over the top compliment that I “look too young to drive” added a little pep to my 40 something falling apart step today!

❤️ Food served in small sizes (sliders) fills you up just the same with big flavor. Kyle Houston Brown has a gift for finding food gems! Don’t ask what kind of meat is on a Chicken Caesar slider…

🤪Fine is a word that I think I’ll drop from my vocabulary. Such a small benign word with all kinds of crazy lurking beneath the surface.

💔 We are broken, the world is broken. News is filled with stories that break our hearts – dad and daughter losing their life in search of a better life, a teacher loosing their job for loving someone.

Wherever you are, please join us – let’s set the world on fire with love!


1/2 Day of Work, Full Day of Play

Hi I’m Hailey Allton, I am going to be a sophomore this coming school year and this is my 3rd mission trip with the GCC Youth. Today was a fun filled day, we started off our day bright and early for group pictures. Then headed off to our worksite. We did a bunch of yard work, me, Lindsay and Craig did some serious damage to a fence and some trees. We had to use some serious muscle to get the trees untangled from the wire fence. It was a lot of wire cutting, pulling wire out of roots and so much more. We also learned a bit about the organization we were working with. The lady we were working with, Ada, actually started the nonprofit organization. We learned about the broken window theory. It’s where if you have a broken window you should board it up or else people might come by and do more damage on that street. After we left the worksite we went to the DIA (detroit industry of art) and took a mini tour with Willie and learned about some real cool art. Then we went to a strip mall type thing and I got a shirt. Next we went back to the church for some downtime. Then we headed out to Green Dot who is famous for their sliders and I can’t stress this enough, they were absolutely amazing. After that we went to a tigers baseball game, and that was our end of our fun filled day! I can’t wait for the rest of our Motown Mission week!

Day 1

Hi! My name is Taylor Burket and I am going into my junior year. This is my 5th mission trip with GCC Youth. Today was our first official day in Detroit. We all were working on houses, and my group painted a porch and painted a fence. While driving around to our worksites, we got a glimpse of the city and I’m really excited to get to explore Detroit and help in as many ways as I can. I’m looking forward to spreading kindness around the city of Detroit and seeing the hard work this week has in store.

Hi it’s Savannah Dixon and I’m going to be a freshman. This is my third mission trip with Geist Christian Church Youth. Today we went to houses and fixed some minor things but had great improvement. Unfortunately there was a miss communication with my group so we ended up painting a porch that was not supposed to be painted. We then had to sit and wait for a while so Carl could bring us grey paint as the owners of the house wanted. Then Carl informed us that all of their grey paint had run out so we have to wait until Wednesday to get more grey paint and to finish the porch. I was frustrated because we did all of the work to paint it and then we had to sit and wait for two hours to end up getting no paint. I wanted to help out with things around their house but I couldn’t. I hope tomorrow I can be more active and helpful. Although it was not a perfect day, I can’t wait for more opportunities to brighten someone’s day this week!