I shared this story last Sunday night at the singing, but thought it was significant enough to share it in the bulletin because many were not here to hear it.  Travis is one of the young men (16 years old) who came from Pennsylvania for our Work Camp this year.  I learned more of his story from our recent visit with Jimmy Hinton, our son-in-law.

Travis is from a not-so-affluent family.  He would come to church at       Sommerset and basically occupy space.  He showed very little interest.  He didn’t smile a lot… didn’t say a lot…  He demonstrated the I’m-not-sure-why-I’m here attitude that we all have seen – and, probably demonstrated ourselves at times!

Anyway, Mike, one of their adults who came on the trip said to Travis one day, Travis, you’re going!  So they handcuffed him… put duct tape (or is that duck tape) over his mouth… and threw him in the back of the van.  They did allow him to eat at McDonald’s in Toledo. I’m not sure if they took the handcuffs off or not.

Travis came… stayed with the Elderkins… and – had the time of his life!!!  He thoroughly enjoyed the work camp.  Now, when he comes to church in Sommerset, he sits up… he smiles… he participates.  Travis is a new person because he spent 5 or 6 days with us working in the hot sun painting houses!

It is good to know that we are not only transforming houses… but transforming lives.  I pray that Travis keeps up the new spirit.  If not, we’ll bring him back next year and torture him again!  Next time I think he wants to come.

Travis has transformed my life a bit.  I appreciate hearing his story!!!!!!