Hey everyone, it’s Ryan here! Today was a great day for, not just me, but everyone it seemed. Saratoga is becoming more and more like home everyday. We had a fun day today. In the morning we got up, had breakfast did devotion (talking about God’s gift for everyone), and met some new friends that we could work with. They are Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is a program for those who want to turn to christianity and make a new and better life for them. It is an amazing program and they are all awesome. We get to see them tomorrow also.
We planted a garden (Andraya, Kimmy and I), we painted (Abby, Chris, Angela, Josh, Zach and Kristen) and the Teen Challenge guys worked on taking down the attic and the old office. They are all done exactly how they should be. With planting, we watered all of the plants around the church, pulled rocks from dirt, raked, put new dirt down and made a whole new garden! It looks amazing. Oh, and I had to make up a song which I am sure you’ll hear when we get home. It was about mulching. The painting team did awesome! They painted the front and back porch. It seems like they had a great time and actually grew closer. I feel like yesterday, new people became friends in our own youth group and it was really cool!
After working, we had a meeting with the All American festival on the fourth of July. We are gonna be doing some awesome things there! We are all very excited. After our meeting, we had a huge dinner! It was spaghetti with meatballs, and chicken. They had Alfredo sauce, and Marinara sauce and cheese sauce. All awesome and home cooked sauces. They provided us with so much food last night that we are having it for lunch. Trust me, there is no need at all to worry about us not getting enough food, we are getting plenty. The people of the church provide with great meals.
It was a great time after dinner. We got ready and went downtown. When we got down there, we went to Congress Park. We took pictures there then we split up into groups of three or more and then we were able to go and check out around the really cool stores they had. It was like an outdoor mall! Super cool. They had some cool stories when they came back. I guess there was a group that looked like a “gang” so Abby was saying “come at me bro”. Obviously not to there faces but, who knows if she would or not? Then Katie, was singing along with a group to Glory to God as Abby was saying this. Really funny! So when someone is messing around with people and says “Come at me bro” or “Imma punch you”, we start singing that song. Then Andraya was taking a picture of Chris with a shopping cart- if you ask me why, I don’t know -and when they walked away, it went toward a bunch of cars, but Andraya sprinted for it and stopped it. Fun night.
When we got back here, we were gonna go shower but the leaders were tired (which I can totally understand). I was dirty and can’t sleep like that so I had to improvise. So, I took a shower in the hose. Andraya ran the water for me. I cleaned up and felt good. Then, some guys walked by and said that was the way to do it so I told them we were missionaries. He said “Well, you do you, and imma do me, and someday we’ll meet up in the universe”. Weird…….. I guess we made some new friends??? Well, you can see my “How Missionaries Shower” video when we get back.
We are having such a great time and can’t wait to see you all back home. Saratoga is great and we are having an amazing expierience. The food is really plentiful and the congregation is really pulling us through. Without some of them here, this would be a lot harder then it really was put out to be. Can’t wait to see everyone. Ryan is out! :)