AndrewServes Spring Break Blog


The AndrewServes students participating in the 2017 Alternative Spring Break mission trip are:

 

Tyler Sullivan - McDonough, Ga.AndrewServes Spring Break
Jordan Vaughan - Tallahassee, Fla.
Jacob Whann - Gainesville, Fla.
Andrew Gulley - College Park, Ga.
Kristen Moore - Savannah, Ga.
Lexi Ellisor - Troy, Ala.
Delaney Bell - Calhoun, Ga.
Anna Marmolejo-Rios - Blakely, Ga.
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By: Malanie Burnett

Nothing like a little friendly competition for a good cause! It’s boys vs. girls this morning as the AndrewServes scholars compete to bring in the most donations for the Sparrow’s Nest, a food bank that benefits the entire state of Georgia!
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By: Delaney Bell
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Giving up my spring break to mission work has proved to be such a great experience. I've already learned not to take what I have for granted. On our first day, we helped run a food drive outside of a Winn-Dixie for the Sparrow's Nest, a local food bank. We were all skeptical at first. Most people don't like to be bothered, especially when you are asking them to give of their time and money. While there were those people who sped by and were uninterested in our project, we had so many more to stop and listen to information on our cause and to actually bring us supplies! We collected over 5 shopping carts full of much needed food and other necessities for the local area. People were so generous! It was fun to see which team brought in the most food as we broke into boys versus girls. Some people would bring supplies to both groups instead of choosing one. In the end, I think the girls definitely beat out the boys! We loaded up our donations and took them to the Sparrow's Nest where we unloaded them onto the shelves. We were then able to go on a tour of the facility and hear how their operation worked. It was a great first day of work. It really is the simple things in life that matter the most.
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By: Anna Marmolejo-Rios
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Day one of our mission trip adventures continued with a team building/ropes course afternoon. We went through multiple games that tested our team work and made us think through problems. Our patience and communication skills were pushed, but it was nothing we couldn't handle. Then came the heart attack of the day: a 40 ft. obstacle course complete with a zip line (one constant factor with AndrewServes is a zip line). For someone who is TERRIFIED of heights, I've been on so many zip lines that one would think heights wouldn't affect me anymore. Nope, it was just as scary as before. The main themes we used up above the ground were communication skills and teamwork. It was no coincidence that the same skills we used on the ground were useful 40 ft. in the air where the stakes were much higher. After facing sketchy lily pads and heart attack-inducing tightrope challenges, we sat down and reflected on what we experienced that day. Teamwork, patience, communication and support are theories/methods we learn in Leadership back home in Cuthbert, but it made me feel so good to see those same principles practiced in real time. It solidified the notion that our leadership program is definitely on the right track.
 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
By: Kristen Moore
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On the second morning of our trip, we repaired a house that was damaged from Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016. This project definitely was the most rewarding emotionally. To most college students, giving up their spring break seems like such a huge sacrifice after the stress of midterms, but being a part of such an uplifting atmosphere makes it completely worth it. Giving up a few days to help someone get their house back is such a small price to pay compared to being forced to leave your home due to different situations preventing you from living there. Knowing that doing something so small such as putting up a wall of Sheetrock or mudding the walls and ceilings so someone can return to their homes is such a rewarding feeling and knowing you were part of that. The biggest lesson we can take from this project is definitely not to take anything for granted and to appreciate the little things. It opened our eyes to see that people face these problems every day in our own community, but if people come together and work as a team anything can be done.
 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
By: Tyler Sullivan
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To start out our second day of working, we met with a man named Eddie. He was our supervisor from Habitat for Humanity. He started out showing us around the house and informing us what he had in store for the day. We would be restoring a few odds and ends around the house. We broke up into different groups to tackle the most work possible. Delaney and Lexi were put on the task of mudding the ceiling and walls throughout the house. Malanie and Rebecca were assigned a towel rack to install and some ceiling mud to tackle. Anna and Kristen had to scrape off the popcorn ceilings. The guys, Jordan, Andrew and I, were put on the task of putting up new drywall in the living room. Jacob joined us after tearing out a closet unit. This was my first time having to put up drywall. I have learned a new skill that I can use further on down the road. None of us were very experienced in the tasks that we were in store for, but with team work and positive thoughts, we got the job done.

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
By: Andrew Gulley
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After working on the house Thursday morning, we went to the marsh to help clean it up. We worked with Keep the Golden Isles Beautiful and a group of DNR law enforcement agents. It was great to see so many people out helping to give back. While cleaning up the marsh, we found empty beer bottles/cans, alcohol bottles, sea glass, and plastic wrappers. After about an hour into it, I was walking back across the marsh when my feet started to get stuck in the mud, and before I could turn around and get back to solid ground, I was stuck thigh high in mud and was unable to wiggle free. Everyone thought this was funny, so they started laughing. Then, Jordan and Tyler came to try and help me get out, but no matter how hard they pulled, I couldn't get free. Then Jacob saw some wood planks close by and brought them over and put them in front of me; he then walked over on top of them and tried pulling me out with one hand as I gripped one board with my other hand to help me pull my legs out. Soon, I was free from the mud and was then aware that walking too far into the marsh was a terrible idea. After a good laugh, we got back to work on cleaning up the marsh. Once we had finished, we all pilled back into the van with dried mud all over us and a great experience of community service and teamwork behind us.
 

Friday, March 10, 2017
By: Jacob Whann
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Friday morning, we all made our way to The Well, which is the homeless shelter in Brunswick. There, we met a local preacher named Mr. Eddie who had overseen our work at the habitat house the day before. Mr. Eddie is a very special man; he gives up a lot of his own time to volunteer and help do things such as fix up the homeless shelter. While we were there, we pressure washed the concrete outside, painted floors in two of the rooms, and moved some furniture to make the space more open. It was really an eye-opening experience because I have never been inside of a homeless shelter. Seeing how the small things the people at the shelter do can really improve the homeless people's quality of life really showed me how we can all help. My favorite moment was when I asked Mr. Eddie how he has time to come up with his sermons; he told me, "Y'all are it. I don't need to come up with one. Y'all gave it to me, man."

 

Friday, March 10, 2017
By: Jordan Vaughan
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The city of Brunswick, located in Glynn County on the east coast of Georgia, is home to thousands of tourists every year. People flock here from all over the world to see what it has to offer, such as the Golden Isles right off of the mainland. What most of these people don't understand are the struggles that natives of the city actually go through. Hurricanes pass through every so often and leave thousands without electricity, water, and in some cases, a home. A community organization called Faith Works stepped in to create a shelter for those in need called The Well, a refurbished bus station found in the middle of Brunswick. Inside, people come just to be able to take a shower or be able to wash their clothes. AndrewServes, a leadership program lead by Malanie Burnett which I am a part of, stepped in to help even more. Faith Works does so much for those in need, so we decided to give back to them. Painting rooms, pressure washing the sidewalks, and cleaning the gutters are a few examples of the deeds accomplished by a few college students. What impressed me the most is a situation I encountered while helping move furniture to be able to paint a room. A young man there at The Well with nothing but a book bag stepped in and gave up his time to help us out. We had plenty of people, yet he offered his service to help out for the building. To me, what I see is someone that has nothing yet gives everything he has. That is a lesson to be learned for almost everyone. A lot of people do not understand how well-off we are compared to others yet won't do the simplest things to help others. This young man gave the only thing he had to help the people around him, and that's his time, and to me, that's valuable.
 

Saturday, March 11, 2017
AndrewServes Spring BreakBy: Lexi Ellisor

The dolphin tour was an exciting experience during our mission trip here at Saint Simon's Island! Although it wasn't one of the works we participated in, it was something fun we got to do during our free time. Throughout this week, we all worked really hard together to help re-build a home, collect food and other items for a local food bank, help renovate some things in the local homeless shelter, and do a clean-up for the local Marsh. We were already really close before this trip, but this week, we have reconnected. We have learned to be good followers and good leaders. We have learned to listen more and really work off of each other's strengths. During the dolphin tour, we got to kind of just relax and have some free time to spend together. It was an awesome experience to be out on the boat and to be able to learn about the salt life that lived around there. We saw a good bit of dolphins, which was surprising because of the weather this time of the year!! I am so grateful to have a group of friends to be able to work with and spend time doing things we enjoy doing together! Having a great leader to guide us and be a part of what we do makes it all the more humbling and enjoyable!

More photos from this trip:

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