On June 23rd-June 29th three cars full of 3 adults and 10  energetic teenagers traveled to Wilmington, NC.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the staff of the organization Vigilant Hope.  Vigilant Hope  is an urban ministry  working  with the community of Wilmington on a daily basis year round.  We were thrilled to learn we would also spend the week with Harrisburg United Methodist, Carmel Presbyterian, and Stelle Creek Presbyterian. Also Charlotte churches.   All together we made 36!

During our week stay we started each morning with a REAL trumpet call played by one of the talented interns, and morning devotional written by the wife and chef of Vigilant Hope’s Director.  We broke up into three groups and did various jobs throughout  Wilmington.  We worked in a food pantry, we laid mulch and pressure washed an elementary school, painted a new church, worked in an urban garden, made repairs to Vigilant Hopes home church, and spent time with the community at the community meals.  Vigilant Hope hosts four community meals a week along with providing showers with their traveling shower trailer.

We ended each day with worship.   The most powerful moment for me was the worship we had on Kure Beach Wednesday evening.  We were surrounded by our new community , the sun was setting , with the ocean in front of us.  Jeremy (Director of Vigilant Hope) lead us in song with his guitar ,and you could just feel the Holy Spirit in this place.  We took turns telling  each other where we saw God in each other.  It was so humbling and touched my soul.

I am proud of the youth and the adults who took the time out of their summer and work to help form relationships, and be the hands and feet of Jesus.  We made real connections and memories  with our friends  in Wilmington, and new connections in ministry with our brothers and sisters in Charlotte.    The summer is  ALMOST over, but our mission still continues here in Charlotte!

-Brooke Watson-Summerour