The 2006 Mission Trip Team from First Congregational of New Milford found its way (safely) to Onacock, Virginia the weekl of July 23rd.
Onacock is a small town on the Delmarva penninsula and home to a wide contrast of of economic conditions. Migrant workers harvest the crops that dominate the beautiful Chesapeake Bay region. The migrant workers, however, find the
cost of living difficult to manage.
During our first days there, we ran a bible day camp for children of migrant workers. We played, made crafts, created worship services, and for the most part let them know that even though we were only with them for two days... we were helping them
experience God's love by sharing time together.
In our last days there, we helped to keep a local resident from being evicted from her home. We worked
to replace flooring, remove rotted sections of the foundation, replace broken windows and perhaps even a bit of a broken spirit. It was nearly 100 degrees and in full sunlight, but this did not deter our hig school members
from doing their best to fix, paint, weed, mow, clean, caulk, sweep, and more!
By the time we left, our new Virginia friend had a renewed spirit brought to her thanks to YouthWorks, and youth from our church here in New Milford as well as youth from Richmond, VA!
When we were finished with our work and fun in Virginia, we laughed, shared home and email addresses, sang and
re-sang songs, and joked at funny memories.
Be sure to join us on September 16th when we share, in better detail, our adventures at the
Stock Dinner at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall.