March 1, 2009
Yesterday, 33 ONU “Habiteers” left at 4:30 a.m. EST and arrived at the church that provided us housing at about 9:45 Central. The long day on the road afforded us a variety interesting rest stops and three movies. After the trip, the Grace Independent Baptist Church offered us warm welcome and comfortable beds to rest our travel-weary selves. After breakfast this morning, we were able to attend either a Baptist worship service or Catholic mass.
We arrived at Camp Victor in Ocean Springs, Mississippi this afternoon. We will be staying here all week with other volunteers from Michigan and will be joined by more volunteers as the week progresses. More information about and pictures of Camp Victor can be found here. The majority of the wall space at Camp Victor, both internal and external, has been covered with murals commemorating various events that have occurred in the past few years and the many groups that have come and gone since the camp’s existence. T-shirts that have been signed by group members have also been hung from the rafters. Some of the groups that we have seen on the walls are from Ohio University, Kent State University and Eastern Michigan University. Even the Roloff family of TLC’s “Little People, Big World” show have been here and signed the wall! There is also a large lounge area where volunteers can play pool, ping pong, watch movies or play games.
The week is off to an encouraging start. Even after the lengthy trip, we’re well rested and ready to work tomorrow. The week should be filled with learning, hard work and lots of fun.