More thoughts from St. Peter’s final mission work day in N.C.


Editor’s note: The youth group from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown has just completed a week in Topsail, N.C., on its annual mission trip. Here are more reflections from the young volunteers, compiled by chaperone Alan Chorun.

Ally Werner

Hello! For this past week, we went from building stairs, to fixing doors, to bleaching houses, to huge water fights!

This week has been nothing but fulfilling for me, not only because I am doing God’s work but because it is something I am passionate about and deeply love to do. I’m not just saying it to sound like a goody two shoes; I’m saying it because this mission is a passion of mine.

I worked on building stairs, bleached a house, fixed a door, and helped rake leaves and grass, and built a deck. I’ve definitely grown as a person, and as a Christian as well. I’ve become friends with some people I am so much closer now with.

The time in the van was probably the most memorable, with RJ waking me up to show me a car, and Pablo waking me up to talk about dub step, to singing to the top of our lungs “Call Me Maybe” and “Payphone.”

This is probably one of the best ways to start my summer, helping people, and getting closer to God, and having the time of my life on the beach. These memories will forever be held close to my heart.

The owners of the house were as sweet as southern sweet tea, and everyone knows southern sweet tea is SWEET! They were so generous and humble, and love to talked to us about their family and life. My TEAM Effort counselors were the funniest and because of them I have picked up a true southern accent, which I can tell you will not go away for a while.

Before we came down here, everyone wanted to go somewhere exotic or far away, something different, but you wouldn’t really think there is so much do just 10 ½ hours away from home.

I have never been more proud of my friends, they worked so hard and if you could see what we accomplished down here, you would think someone paid $100,000 to get the work done!

Luckily tomorrow is Saturday which means KINGS DOMINION! Tomorrow we head home back to Joisey (Jersey accent insert) and I will be so happy to see my mama and papa. So until then goodbye, ya’ll and see you real soon!

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  1. Sounds like an amazing week! King’s Dominion is going to be awesome, have fun! The van ride down to Washington D.C. was great, glad to hear you guys kept on singing. Looking forward to joining for the entire trip next year..