On August 2, 2015 10 young people (and four adults) from St. Peter’s headed off to Crownpoint, New Mexico to work for a week on building and renovation projects. The food was horrible, the accommodations were miserable, the work was hard… and the trip was fantastic!
Just added! The young people made an awesome slideshow that documents the whole trip…
Here’s some more info and a few photos…
The trip was coordinated with Next Steps Ministries, a groups that sets up work projects and provides facilities to participating churches like us.
Crownpoint is in the northwestern section of New Mexico, in the Four Corners region. The town is part of the Navajo Nation. The landscape is spectacular. Aside from a pounding rainstorm on the night we arrived, the weather was mostly clear… and hot. Sunscreen, water bottles, and sunglasses were popular items.
When our group arrived we were each assigned to one of four work crews. Our assignments included painting, flooring, roofing, and carpentry.
The facilities included “barracks,” worship space, and a three-walled pavilion where we ate meals and met.
Everyone got a few battle scars… especially the roofers. That tar sure is sticky!
After a day of work we had time to worship,explore the grounds, and hang out together.
Not everyone can color-coordinate while roughing it!
One night we held a eucharist on the hill behind our compound. We had a rock for an altar, fruit punch and tortillas for the elements, a gorgeous summer evening for our backdrop, and a few special touches. It was glorious, and especially nice when a local resident joined us.
The next night we were treated to fry bread tacos, made by a group of Crownpoint women. The tacos were scrumptious!
On our last day in New Mexico we visited a lake and treated ourselves to a restaurant meal in Albuquerque.
What a trip!