What do all these items have in common? UGA Wesley found out when they came this past month. They participated in a campus clean-up project at Indian Creek Elementary (the rake), helped RTN with a movie night at a local apartment complex (the movie Cars) , and spent time visiting with international families (a heart for the nations).
During the course of the weekend, UGA students helped a local elementary school build a trail in the woods behind their campus. Rakes, shovels, swing blades, and a lonely pickaxe busily worked in the hands of the students as they raked away leaves, cleaned out roots, and filled in depressions on a brand new trail that they created. In the past, piles of trash and negative activities had kept the school kids from being able to enjoy that part of the outdoors. RTN is so thankful for UGA’s willingness to serve and help us connect with and give back to our community. After leaving the school, the team was able to spend part of the afternoon visiting families. Some of them had heard before that the families are very welcoming (even if they don’t know you!), but this was the first time that many of them had experienced that for themselves.
At the movie night, we saw kids and parents from the Congo, Egypt, Nepal, Thailand, Mexico, and other countries come together. The team handed out dinner and played games while waiting for the sun to set, then we all settled in to watch Cars. Several scenes and delicious mouthfuls of popcorn later, the team said their good-byes and packed up. As we were leaving some of the kids asked us if were coming again the next week. Maybe in the future we will be able to host a movie night again.