Novinger, MO

  • Gayton Youth Mission Trip 2011

best way to take a break and gain perspective is to stop thinking about yourself and spend some time helping others.  This past week was absolutely insane, in all the good ways. I left sunday afternoon and arrived in Novinger, Missouri at 2am on Monday morning.  The rest of the team, 71 teenagers and 21 adults, had been there since Saturday and they were ready to start helping the Novinger community. What you need to understand is that Novinger is a town of 534 people.  That’s it. We could walk from one end of the town to the other…. easily. The people of Novinger

greeted our team with sparklers and shouts of excitement when we pulled in and that excitement continued the WHOLE week.  We came to love on this community and they ended up loving on us! They were so thankful to have so many young people there fixing up their town, one building at a time! It was an amazing week. Despite the 100 degree temperatures and no air conditioning (for the most part), the whole week was perfect! I was in charge of the power-washing team and even though I had no idea what was going on… we left our apartment complex looking so much better than we found it! I loved my team, I loved my huddle group and I LOVED spending time with our kids.  Michael and I love these kids and it’s hard to believe we’ve already been here one year!!! Last year I was working (ughh) during the mission trip and I was so upset that I couldn’t join them! This year I just had to go one day late and I was so thankful I didn’t miss too much!:) So enjoy this little peek into our week in Novinger, MO and if you want a good laugh, just try to visualize me attempting to start a powerwasher…..yea. It’s a miracle that my group didn’t desert me after a few hours!!:)

There were CATS and DOGS everywhere!! Cute ones!

An afternoon at the lake!

Whew! There are a lot of us!!


More shots from the worksites…


My AWESOME group!! Love them!

Loved this wall!


andddd this is what I look like with no sleep…..ew.

how cute are they??


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