Yay for days off! Yup, it’s Monday, the official Sabbath of Youth Encounter. We’re all in one host home in Prairie
(translation: Prairie Dog). Basically, it’s a mansion. Josh and I have the whole basement to ourselves, and the basement is a house in itself, complete with a kitchen, bathroom, and ping pong table. The couple hosting us has a huge house that sits at the base of a bluff near the Du Chien, WI Mississippi River. It’s a small town, with a Wal-Mart and a Cabelas, so it’s growing.
We traveled from
yesterday afternoon. In Black River Falls we did a Saturday night church service, and a lock-in with the middle school youth group. The lock-in was fun; I forgot what a diverse level of maturity a group of middle school kids can have. We got to play a bunch of games with them, and eat pizza (our first official pizza), and we did a little Bible study with them. Then we did two Sunday services, jumped in our van, and went south to our present location. Sunday night we did a program at a medium-security prison. Some of us were a little nervous at first, but the men that came were very receptive to it and seemed to appreciate everything we did. It was really funny at the end of the program, Black River Falls Tara was giving a little spiel to wrap up the night. She announced that we would do our last song, and then she said “After the song you will be free to go.” Then she remembered that we were at a prison, and nobody was “free to go”, and everyone started laughing and cheering. She felt dumb about it, but I thought it was genius comedy. I wish I would have thought of that.
Our day off today was nice, and still is. Our host home has wireless internet, and enough space to have time to ourselves. The host mom is an excellent cook, so the food it great. She made homemade hot fudge; home away from home. There’s also a local grocery store that sells a really rich caramel dip. I tried some; you can almost taste each granule of sugar on your tongue! Wisconsin is pretty nice, except I haven’t had decent cell phone reception since the day we started. I suppose it won’t get too much better when we go to the Upper Peninsula, but I’ll be so excited about being in Michigan, finally a new state, and lingo I understand!
Tomorrow we drive to Evansville Wisconsin, which is just south of Madison. We have a program there on Wednesday night for a confirmation class, and on Thursday we go like six hours north to the church we get to go camping with in the Porcupine Mountains. We’ve been slowly stocking up on the warm clothes for that one! After the camping trip, we’ll officially be touring Michigan, go Buckeyes!
Life is good, God is great!