Port St. Joe: Day 1 Orientation

Welcome Sign! 

Everyone arrived safely, despite some solid rain showers & lots of traffic!  We all checked in at the welcome tent and received our room and H2O (Filled Up to Overflowing) Small Group assignments for the week.  (More on what that is later!!) 

For those of you who have never heard of Blue Skies, it is a ministry organization for families dealing with pediatric cancer.  These families have so many issues that they face.  Many struggle with marital issues, financial stress, problems with siblings, not to mention all of the medical challenges.  Twelve guest families are given a trip to the beach to hopefully unwind and receive wise counsel from pastors and other families who have been through these issues.  It also allows their children to have a vacation where they can feel "normal" again and not be afraid to be themselves - whether they have lost their hair, have a prosthesis, oxygen tubes, etc.   We bring about 20-24 volunteer families who spend their week serving in various ways -- whether it's providing the food for the meals, playing sports with the kids, taking care of the toddlers/preschoolers, making crafts or cooking, helping them get to the pool or the beach, etc.  Johnson Ferry has contributed 5 of the host families on this trip.

After everyone was settled in this afternoon, we met with all the volunteers for dinner.  We saw a beautiful double rainbow after dinner.   Then we headed to the Town Hall meeting room, where we had an introductory session with our directors to explain the layout of the property and the different roles that people will play during the week.     Then we did a mixer to get to know all the other volunteers. Finally, the team leads in different areas received some training about what they will be doing and where to get supplies.

Rainbow - reminding God of his promise to us

Volunteer kids hanging out on the beach mats ready for our first training session