It has been quite a full day! This morning we worked on two painting jobs — first painting the brick base of a home and then painting a screened-in patio area. The first job went smoothly, but the second had a bit of a hiccup: the homeowners accidentally gave us the wrong color paint and didn’t notice until we’d been painting with it for around half an hour! Thankfully, when they noticed the mistake they were gracious and kind, admitting to it and helping us to make it right.
At lunchtime we headed back to the church to change clothes and grab our lunch bags. Then we got back in the van and drove north to the Blue Water Bridge that spans between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario. At the border checkpoint on the Canadian side of the bridge we hit another hiccup. A border patrol agent, for whatever reason, was cranky and decided to give us a bit of hassle on our way in. We were sent to the customs office to check in there, and for a moment it seemed like we might have to turn around. Thankfully, when the very kind customs agent realized what was going on, he quickly fixed the situation and wished us a happy afternoon.
The afternoon was happy, indeed! We headed below the bridge to the lakefront, where we stopped for poutine (a Canadian comfort food involving french fries, cheese and gravy). Then we found a spot on the lakeshore and spent the next few hours skipping rocks, wading in Lake Huron, watching the gigantic ships pass by, and enjoying an afternoon of laughter.
When we’d had enough sun (or, in Lara’s case, too much sun), we loaded back into the van and got back on the bridge. After a quick stop at the duty free store for Canadian souvenirs, we made our way across the bridge and back into the United States.
Tonight, before getting ready for bed, we did our daily check in and journaling. We also wrote postcards for all of our mission trip stockholders at First Christian Church. They will hit the mail tomorrow, so be on the lookout for a postcard if you purchased stock! We’re so grateful to everyone who helped to support this trip (as well as the Chi Rho mission trip). Because of your support, we are able to share in this experience!
We’ll check in with you again tomorrow. Good night!