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Salkehatchie Summer Service
Huntersville Camp 2005
Notes from Billy

Billy Rintz is the Senior Pastor at Huntersville United Methodist Church. For the past three years he has also been the the "Spiritual Director" for the Salkehatchie Summer Service Camp in Huntersville. Shortly after joining HUMC had his first Salkehatchie experience in the summer 2002. He wrote about that experience for the website. Click here to check it out. Shortly after the completion of 2005 Huntersville Camp Billy wrote about it in the church newsletter. We've reproduced it here.

It's a summer Saturday. Many church buildings sit empty, quiet except for the tick of a clock, the beep of a fax machine, or the sound of a vacuum cleaner in the sanctuary. But not at Huntersville United Methodist Church. There the furniture of Sunday school rooms has been replaced by sleeping bags and suitcases. The Wagstaff house becomes a girls' dormitory; the youth lounge, a camp director's office; the pastor's study, his sleeping quarters. The sounds of teenage and adult voices echo through the halls. It must be Salkehatchie ...

People everywhere are going on vacation. Some travel to exotic locations, others hike and bike in parks, But there are adults who use a week of their hard-earned vacation time to take youth from their church on a mission trip. And there are youth who, as one parent reported, look forward to that mission trip more than any vacation their family has ever had. It must be Salkehatchie ...

Laura Brittain works past midnight to complete the weekend videos

On the NASCAR circuit this summer, cars and trucks roar around tracks at speeds approaching 200 mhp. On those tracks on most Sundays one can see automobiles with names like Bud, DuPont, and Home Depot plastered on the sides. But in this church's parking lot there are just vans and buses, none of which go too fast, bearing names like Lafayette Street, McMannon, St Andrews Parish and First United Methodist Churches. These are vans and buses that will carry lumber, vinyl siding, coolers of ice, tools, and sweaty teenagers to and from homes, this church, shower houses, and more. It must be Salkehatchie ....

It's hot. Temperatures are in the 90's daily. The heat index is such that persons are advised to stay indoors. But not in Huntersville. There you can find teenagers and adults up on roofs putting down tar paper and shingles. A thermometer on one of those roofs registers 147 degrees on Thursday afternoon, July 21. It must be Salkehatchie ....

Jetton Home

A miracle took place at the Jetton home
(The picture will change every 5 seconds)

It's the middle of the night. There are a few folks out late partying during the week, others watching late night television, and still others padding to the bedroom before climbing back in bed. But not at Huntersville United Methodist Church. There Laura Brittain works until midnight almost nightly to edit a video of the day's work and worship; Jerry Kita stays up until 1, 2, or even 3 a.m. putting pictures on the website so that parents and friends can view the progress on each home during the week; and a host of volunteers led by Bill and Wanda Kerns rise at 4:30 a.m. to cook a hearty breakfast for 56 youths and adults. It must be Salkehatchie ....

All across Mecklenburg County homes are being constructed or renovated at costs exceeding hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. But around Huntersville there are five homes that have repair budgets of $2,500 each. For that small amount of money teams of youth and adults will repair holes in kitchen and bathroom floors, replace worn out roofing and gutters, make a utility room that will house a washer and dryer, install new windows, enlarge a kitchen, put down new flooring, build decks and steps, install kitchen counters and bathroom vanities, and more. The youth, their site leaders and the homeowners will all feel a sense of pride. There will be a perception that God has worked some miracles in five days of work. This is Salkehatchie. Thanks be to God.