We are at In-n-out right now and it’s really nice to use a sink with warm water but I already miss the campsite a lot. I have been feeling a little sick the last few days but I still don’t think I’m ready to go home, even though my own bed sounds really nice. Last night our last song in worship closed out the week really well and I felt connected to everyone singing and listening. I had a great trip and am grateful for everyone who contributed to it. I truly feel closer to everyone who came on the trip and I know memories from this trip will stay with us for a very long time.
I came to Easter project for the first time a little nervous and apprehensive as for what’s to come. I didn’t know what to expect but the week is over now and I’ve experienced something that no one could be able to comprehend without being here. I wasn’t very good at many of the tasks on the worksite but the foremen were very patient and encouraging and I learned more than I could of imagined. The week felt surreal and I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that we were building someone’s home and by taking one week out of our lives we were drastically changing there’s. On the last day of building when we met some of the family members that were going to be receiving the house I felt as though I gained clarity and I was overcome with a sense of peace and understanding . Being aside from the noise and distractions has brought me closer to and helped me to understand God and his teachings. I hope that I can forever remember the lessons I learned and the appreciation I felt because this trip has put things into perspective and irreversibly changed my outlook.
Hi, my name is Jack Payne, this is my third year on E.P. and I am so happy to be a part of this life-changing week. Over the summer, my family and I moved out to the Hawaiian Islands to embark on a new chapter, but I knew nothing could stop me from being here for this experience. This week, I’ve been able to contribute to more areas of the worksite and feel like a legitimate asset to the team. Seeing the structure come together after only a couple of days never fails to amaze all of us. As the week winds down, I look forward to the completion of work on both sites and the ability to take home the spirit of selflessness as an example to our homes and communities.