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Reflecting on Salkehatchie Summer Service

by Heather Marie Pratt

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Heather Marie Pratt is a member of McMannen United Methodist Church in Durham, NC She recently attended her first Salkehatchie Camp in Camden, South Carolina. She tells of that experience here.

"Everyone on our site did so much and we couldn't have done it all without everyone helping and working hard. Mr. S. was very, very thankful and appreciative of everything we did."

The site that I worked on all week at the Wateree Camp of Salkehatchie Summer Service was awesome. The homeowner needed a little bit more than just his house being repaired. What he needed, along with his house being fixed up, was for someone to care for him and be there. Mr. S. lived by himself because his wife had passed away a few years ago. He had lost some of his faith from this terrible time that he went through. He still showed us that he had faith even after everything that had happened to him. Mr. S. would sing to us, talk to us, and share with us what he believed. He really wanted to start going back to church again and to be saved. Our site could tell how much he still had God in his life, but also how he wanted Him more.

Heather Painting

Heather paints the side of Mr. S home with one of her team members.

We repaired so much on his house. We fixed holes in the roof, re-shingled, painted the inside and out, got him a new refrigerator and washer, replaced two doors, built a stoop, put up underpinning and a lot more. Everyone on our site did so much and we couldn't have done it all without everyone helping and working hard. Mr. S. was very, very thankful and appreciative of everything we did.

I think just the fact that we were there and willing to work on his house was what he liked the most. He cared more about us just being there and helping him out than whether we got everything that we wanted done. Out of all the work we did, the most important thing was just caring for him and trying to help him out the best that we could.

Working on the site all week made me realize that even if people don't have as much or aren't as well off as we might be, they are still very much like us. They can still be strong believers in God, have a great faith, and be very kind people no matter what conditions they may be in. I will never forget my week at Salkehatchie, the awesome people I met,and all the wonderful experiences I had.