Saturday, June 28, 2014

HSMT Return flight - On Time As of 1:48pm

HSMT Group is on their way home!

Status: In Flight - Estimated to Arrive 11 Minutes Early
City: Houston, TX (IAH - Intercontinental)
Gate: C-40
Check-in Terminal: Terminal C
Scheduled Time: 12:00 p.m.
Scheduled Date: Sat., Jun. 28, 2014
Actual Time: 12:02 p.m.Actual Date: Sat., Jun. 28, 2014
City: New York/Newark, NJ (EWR - Liberty)
Gate: C135
Terminal: Terminal C, Concourse C3
Scheduled Time: 4:39 p.m.
Scheduled Date: Sat., Jun. 28, 2014
Estimated Time: 4:28 p.m.Estimated Date: Sat., Jun. 28, 2014
Flight Information Map

Friday, June 27, 2014

Before we leave for a fun day in New Orleans, we thought you might enjoy a story written yesterday by a table full of sophomore boys. Disclaimer: this account of the trip has not been fact-checked. Enjoy!

"Dear anyone willing to listen,
It's currently Thursday June 26, 2014 in Dulac, Louisiana.... I think. Apparently there's no such thing as clocks in Dulac. We've been rationing food for the last three days. The water is slowly running out. We probably will not have any by the end of today. We were attacked by the savages again yesterday. They took David Collins. The gators have been following us the past three days. They are just waiting. We took shelter in a Sonic, but they are almost through the door. Our only defense against them is ice cream cones and sporks. They keep breaking.
Leadership is questionable. Whoever has the most toes after dealing with the crocodiles will be crowned king. The current king has four total toes. We need help. We will not make it much longer.
Save our souls,

Thursday, June 26, 2014



The High School Mission Trip participants will be flying home Saturday, June 28. Below, you will find their flight itinerary.  Please be sure to pick your student up at the airport on time.  If you cannot pick your child up from the airport, please find another ride for your student IN ADVANCE. Don't forget to check FLIGHT INFORMATION beforehand, as well!

Leave - New Orleans, LA at 9:11am - United Airlines Flight #1189
Arrive - Houston, TX at 10:23am

Leave - Houston, TX at 12:00pm - United Airlines Flight #1621
Arrive - Newark, NJ at 4:39pm

HSMT, Day 4 Wednesday Pictures

Check out ALL of the Day 4 pictures on my facebook page at 

These are just a few pictures of DAY 4! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hello from a very rainy Dulac, Louisiana,
We're just finishing up our fourth day of service and everyone is still in good spirits. There seems to be a general consensus that the days spent at our work sites have flown by much too quickly. Tomorrow is our final day of work and at dinner we will be joined by all of our gracious hosts whose homes we have been repairing. It should be a nice culmination of all the work we've done here and a time to celebrate with all those who have made our time here so special. As promised, here are a few more thoughts from the students:

"The first half of our trip has been eventful and productive. The families that we are serving have opened up their homes to us and shown their southern hospitality through serving us classic shrimp po'boys and shrimp stew. Everyone is in good spirits and excited to continue working to finish what we started. Hoping the second half of the week is as great as the first
-Kyle Kristiansen"

"Can't wait to start day 4 of work in Dulac, Louisianna. I'm having a great time making new friends and helping others in need. Hopefully we will get our ramp up soon!
-Sean Mikovits"

"Hey mom! It's Bella. Up-date is I am having a blast and I'm starting to have a love for power tools! Everything is alright over here... and I'm making Chris eat his veggies (I got you mom). Hope your weekend getaway is amazing with no children in the house! Love you!
<3 Bella Wright"

"Howdy y'all,
Dulac has been amazing! A lot of bugs and sweat but we are really enjoying ourselves. There have been a couple of mishaps but with the support of each other and God we have come out on the other side stronger with a lot of lessons learned. On my side we had an air condition unit fall and was caught between 2 pieces of wood. No one was hurt but we put our heads together and got it fixed within 2 hours. We all miss home but are following our call to help the people of Dulac and having fun doing it!
see y'all soon,
Rebecca Smoot"

"Howdy! I have been having so much fun this week, I can't believe it's already Wednesday. I'm making stairs at my site and they're coming along very nicely. Yesterday, the homeowner made us shrimp sandwiches and they were delicious. Also yesterday, I ate a bug for Sonic. It was a cockroach... yum. Well I can honestly say we're having the time of our lives and no one wants this trip to end.
Audrey Callinan"

With love,
The 2014 Mission Trip Team

HSMT, Day 3 Pictures


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day 3

Greetings from the third day of our adventures in Dulac!
       Thank you so much for all of your love, prayers, and kind words of support. Here are a few words from some of the students:

"Hello family & friends & the world & Nellie,
I am having the time of my life! I have met the love of my life, the dog from my work site, and will be bringing her home for y'all to meet. She will be a wonderful addition to the fam. I miss you all so much and can't wait to see you again. I've done so much work that when I get home I will need a break, just a warning. Love you all so much!!!! 
See you soon,
          xoxo- Carly Kalis
p.s I ate my first hamburger and if you don't believe me which you probably don't I'll prove it when I get back!!
p.p.s BLUEBERRY!!"

"Hey mom and dad, Dulac is awesome and I'm having a blast! When I asked Jack what he wanted to say he said, "I don't care". I guess that means he is having fun too. The trip has exceeded my expectations. The woman who owns the house we are working at made us po' boys which where delicious. We are always kept busy, and every night I have been going to bed exhausted. Hopefully the rest of the week proves to be as awesome as the first half! See you on Saturday!
- Mark"

"Hey Y'all,
On my fourth and final High School mission trip I have a great bunk bed buddy, Kathleen Bond), almost broken my ankle, played an insane amount of 4 square, sang alot, and have made so many new friends. The past few days I've been painting a house from a 28" ladder. It's been scary but I've learned to trust whoever is holding my ladder. Our homeowner is fantastic and makes amazing food. I'm so lucky to have her as my homeowner. We painted her house mac & cheese color but somehow we all love it! I can't believe this is my last trip.
Jordan Lukowiak

P.S. Charlie Baldwin can't play ERS"

"We are still alive.
- Sam Brown"

"Hi everyone!
Dulac, Louisiana round 2 is a blast. This year my group is painting the stilts of our homeowner's house and his wrap around deck as well. Yesterday we also moved a shed into his backyard with the help of two other groups. Our homeowner cooked us shrimp (freshly caught) stew and it was amazing! Pray for us as we continue our hard work, we miss you!
Nora Moriarty"

We'll have more notes to share tomorrow from our great group of students. This is panning out to be quite an inspiring trip, with the theme of the week being "trust". Each evening we recite Proverbs 3:5-6 at the beginning of worship. It is written, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do lean not on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths". In the midst of all of our busy days, we have be reflecting on what it means to truly trust God and one another. We've been inspired by talks given by a few gracious advisors and have been touched by the stories and generosity of those whose homes we have been repairing. We look forward to sharing many more stories and discussing how our views of trust may have been molded over the course of our time here.
The 2014 Mission Trip Team

HSMT, Day 2 Pictures

The students and advisors are working very hard in Dulac, LA!