James Island, South Carolina
June 24 to July 1

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RETURN DAY – Saturday, July 1, 2017

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We have just a few photos from today, but there will not be a journal for today as well.

Be sure to attend church on Sunday, July 2nd at 10:00 am to hear reflections on this year’s Summer Mission Project trip from the participants.  They will be leading us in worship.

DAY SEVEN – Friday, June 30, 2017

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Today is the last day on the worksite.  We’ve received many photos and videos so far, and more will be coming in as the day progresses!

We didn’t receive the journal for Friday … but if it comes in late, it will be posted here!

Be sure to look for our Facebook posting about today’s work as well!

DAY SIX – Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Greetings!!! Evan here from the Tropical Blue Team! Our team was a bit split up today, but we were all very productive. I worked on two sheds with Luke Robbins from Charlottesville, Meredith, Brendon, Alice, Sarah. We finished the second shed and wrapped both sheds in weather-proof tar paper. Also, because of our stellar abilities, we were able to get the roofs on both sheds and start the process of putting up shingles. One of the highlights of the day was when we went to a part near some water for lunch. A bunch of us jumped in after we ate! It was so refreshing! It made the second half of the day nice and easy! I know we are all looking forward to a great last day tomorrow and a fun time at the baseball game!

–The Tropical Blue Team

DAY FIVE – Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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We woke up early and we’re at the job site by 7 AM. There was a gentle South Carolina breeze that greeted us. We began the morning with a game to see who would control the radios for the day. After a clear victory, we got to work. One group put the finishing touches on the paint inside a house to prepare it for flooring tomorrow. Another group learned how to survey and plotted out the next house in the neighborhood. A third group begin building the first of three sheds for the next three houses that are going to be built. Lastly and most importantly a group cleaned the horrendously filthy Habitat for Humanity track. The morning flew by with lots of sweat, teamwork, and singing. Before we knew it it was time for lunch.

For lunch we had a special treat, Boxcar Betty’s food truck came to the worksite and served us delicious chicken sandwiches. They were overwhelmingly delectable. Following lunch, we slowly got up and made our way back to work.

As we arrive back to our jobs we were greeted with the news that we had a few corrections we need to make. We re-filled in a ditch that we overzealously doug the previous day. Additionally we had to untie and retie rebar that was sent yesterday. Despite the setbacks we had a great day.

We also enjoyed the company of the Dabbs family who brought baby Eli and were the driving force in getting Boxcar Betty’s to the job site.

Our morale is still high and we’re having a great Summer Mission Project. We look forward to the remaining two days on the job site. We’ll update you with more tomorrow.

–The Jade Team

DAY FOUR – Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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The army may get more done before 9:00 am than most people do all day, but they won’t outdo this group.  Every single team member was in their van by 6:30 am in order to get to the work site by 7:00, our new start time for the week. Upon arriving at the worksite, we met James, a future homeowner (at a different site) that would be helping us for the day.  We were also happy to see that our mascot for the week, a red tailed hawk had returned to oversee our work.

The day began with a hotly contested wheelbarrow relay race which would reward the winning team with control over the radio, a valuable asset on any worksite.  That would not be the last time the word hot would be used during the day.  But the heat did not deter this group.  Rebar was laid in the dug out lot from yesterday (thanks in no small part to the James’ Island’s newest rebar bending/cutting company, Kloster & Parisi), and trenches for empty lot #2 are nearly completed (which we have a funny feeling is to be followed by digging trenches for empty lot #3).

Our all-star paint and finishing crew put the finishing touches on the nearly completed house at the end of the cul-de-sac, two days earlier than planned, alleviating the affiliates concerns about whether or not it would be ready for the flooring contractor coming in on Friday.

Lastly, but certainly not least, foundations were begun on two sheds that we hope to finish by the end of the week.  We hope that all this foundation work leads to building foundations that go far beyond this work site and this week.  And in true construction worker fashion, we ended the day with a nice, cold, tall……. snow cone.  Who would have thought dill pickle frozen ice would be so refreshing?

–The Berry Team

DAY THREE – Monday, June 26, 2017

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We arrived at this week’s work site and received an overview from Habitat’s site coordinator for our work. Mike explained that there are 18 home sites and that the four completed homes are occupied by four single moms with 2-3 kids. The fifth home has been built exclusively by women for Ms. Tanesha, her daughter McKenzie, plus her mother. About a dozen of us worked to complete the finishing touches on the drywall which was a bit of a messy job. Before the end of the day we were able to begin priming the walls in one of the  three bedrooms.

A handful of people pitched in to help organize the Habitat supply truck at our site. Additionally there was an over-sized storage trailer which appeared to have not been touched in years. There were many mysteries and surprises inside. By the end of the day the container was reorganized after many trips to the dumpster. It’s possible that a bit more time was spent on this job with the knowledge that this will be Forest Gottke’s truck on his new job with Habitat that began today. We’re honored to be his first team in his new job!

The remainder of the team used shovels to break ground on the foundation next door to Ms. Tanesha’s.  They completed the trenches sooner than expected and were able to begin digging the trenches on the homesite next door.  This was a labor intensive and rewarding job and Mike was surprised that we were able to begin the second homesite today.

Overall, we rate this a hugely successful day with great anticipation for tomorrow’s accomplishments. One of today’s excitements was an intense round of the hammer game. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.  Now we need to sign off and enjoy our stir-fry dinner prepared by the jade team.

–The Orchid Team

DAY TWO – Sunday, June 25, 2017 

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This morning we had the pleasure of joining our host church, Harbor View Presbyterian Church, for worship. We were pleased to have Amy Platt, her husband, and their two little ones with us. After the service, we were invited to join the church’s vacation Bible school for a BBQ lunch. It was delicious!

With a rare free afternoon, we split up and about half of our SMP crew went and explored historic downtown Charleston, while the others soaked up some sun at Folly Beach. Our day concluded with a very filling and fun dinner at a local restaurant, Taco Boy. Our bellies and hearts are full, and we are excited to be up bright and early to start our work with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity in the morning!!

–The Neon Pink Team

DAY ONE – DEPARTURE DAY – Saturday, June 24, 2017

There will be no journal for Day one.  Come back tomorrow to read about the first day on the job site!  (See all photos from Day One >>)


Green Team:
Madison K.
Steven – Driver

Berry Team:
Linda – Driver
Paul – Truck

Jade Team:
Kate S. –  Driver

Orchid Team:
Madison D.
Katie G.
Doug – Driver

Neon Pink Team:
Sarah C.
Sara H.
Luke H.
Jane – Driver

Tropical Blue Team:
Evan – Driver
Luke R.