We are sad to see the end of our weekend in KOP (but happy to be out of the car). We had a great time meeting new friends and connecting with old ones. We tried new things and went to new places. But most of all we learned about what it means to be on Gods team and how we can grow the team.
We are about to say goodnight on our third and final night here in KOP. We are tired after our fun filled day. We kicked off the morning with quiet time and baked French toast (with real maple syrup). We then joined Hope Community Church for their worship service. Not only did we sing and listen to a great sermon, we joined Pastor Roman on stage for an MLK day of serving top ten. We then went to lunch with Pastor Roman, his wife, and Pastor George. After lunch we took a trip to the King of Prussia Mall. 45 mins and multiple trips up and down the escalators later we left the mall for a drive through Valley Forge National Park. Before returning to Hope Church for Youth Group, we stopped in at ToysRUs. At 5:30 we joined in with the 5th-8th grade youth group for a message and lots of games. We filled up on tacos for dinner thanks to Amy and her family. Chris lead us and the high schoolers in worship. We ended our night playing in the gym and discussing our weekend and how to carry forward all of the things that we learned.
Day two in KOP is coming to an end! Our day started with a great breakfast made by a Hope family and some quiet time reading the Bible. We spent the morning serving at Hope Community Church. We split into two groups and moved wood, filled a dumpster, sorted supplies, and even smashed TVs! Then, after a quick lunch, we split up again. The afternoon consisted of two different projects - bowling with the homeless and bingo with seniors. We squeezed in some quick showers, a stop for Philly soft pretzels, and some games (rock band was a huge hit!). We were blessed again by receiving dinner from a Hope family - meatball subs and baked ziti! We then came back to the church to play "Zombies" and try out some famous Philly Water Ice with our Youth@Hope friends. We wrapped our night up with "Mad props" (thanking people who did awesome stuff), "Yay God's" (thanking God for doing awesome stuff), and a talk by Tim.
We are winding down our first night here at Hope Community Church. We are rolling out sleeping bags, putting on PJ's, and brushing teeth. We left the cold somewhat snowy Vermont this morning at 10am. 5 1/2 laughter, sleep, and music filled hours later we reached our destination. We hit up Chick-fil-A for some dinner (it was a definite hit). Then we had a great time worshiping at Eastern University at The Rend Collective concert. We are thankful for a great start to the weekend and are excited for all God has in store for us over the next couple of days.