Good evening and welcome to the newest edition of the Reno Blog. It is the old people's turn to write tonight. I would like to start with telling you about all my aches and pains from putting in the miles while canvasing and hiking back up a mountain that I was sure did not have an elevator before we started. In all seriousness seeing Gods creation and how amazingly he can paint a landscape is breath taking.
We had an exciting day today! Early this morning we drove to California side of Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay. You will need to ask Bekah about the ghost story that she read about concerning the tea room that is located on the island in the bay. We hiked down the mountain 1 mile down hill, it was a nice stroll, and we walked around on the beach. Pastor Andrew, Josh, Branden, and Maria jumped into the freezing cold water for a nice polar bear plunge. Brrrr! Then came the hike back up the mountain where my knees are still mad at me. We are so thankful for the clear skies and beautiful weather we had today. The views are amazing! Probably one of the warmest days we have had since our arrival. Our drive home from Lake Tahoe was the quiet. The hike back up the mountain wore them out! We also did a little shopping while at Lake Tahoe and bought a few souvenirs.
After Lake Tahoe we helped a local church, Calvary Baptist Church and passed out invites to their Easter service and egg hunt. The neighborhood had a lot of Spanish speaking people. Maria was able to speak to someone in Spanish while telling them about next weeks Easter Services. We also helped them fill easter eggs with candy and had pizza with their church members. The Pastor and the staff at Calvary were so grateful that the teens were able to help and many were impressed by the work that they did earlier in the week by cleaning up the back of their property. We walked almost 9 miles today. Gracie said it best, "My everything hurts."
What a blessing it has been to be here with the teens. However, we are reminded daily that we are not as young as we once were. We are so proud of how hard they have worked this week and are so thankful to have been a part of this amazing journey!
Matt and Stephanie