Memphis Day 1

Posted: July 16, 2018 by keystoneyouth in SOS Trip


We arrived in Memphis at 3:00 yesterday afternoon. After getting settled in and eating dinner, we had an eventful evening. Right in the middle of our evening program a powerful thunderstorm came through and knocked out the electric. We split up into work teams with minimal lights and then took a team run to Sonic. Just as we were getting into bed the electric came back on. The dorms both exploded with shouting because it meant we got to sleep with A/C instead of 80 degree temperatures:)

This morning after breakfast we headed for our worksites. Our team is split up into three different work teams each about a quarter mile apart. We spent the day painting, tearing shingles off the roof, and putting new shingles on. We are the 6th of 7 weeks of summer camp here at SOS so most of the houses are getting pretty close to being done. The morning always tends to go a little better because the heat isn’t so bad, but by 2:00 in the afternoon everyone is feeling the combination of lunch, hot weather (90s and HUMID), and exhaustion from being on the roof all day. We packed up about 3:00 came back to SOS base for showers and a quick nap before dinner. After dinner and the evening program we drove to a local Chick-Fil-A to get some milkshakes and debrief as a team before coming back to head to bed and then do it all over again tomorrow:)



  • Meeting the homeowners we are working with: Ms. Morgan, Robert and Eugena, and Mr. John. My group is working at Ms. Morgan’s house. She is an extremely friendly 65-year old lady who started the day by taking a picture of everyone so that she could get our names memorized. She also made sure that we were well stocked with ice pops throughout the day!
  • Seeing people on our team try new things by getting up on the roof and working. You could tell that most people were pretty nervous in the morning as they stepped up onto the roof, but by the end of the day they were all looking like naturals up there and doing a great job!
  • Getting to worship together as a large group in the evening. We are one of eight groups here this week with probably a total of about 150 people. Each evening we come together to worship as a large group. There’s something special about a large group of students who have just spent all day in the heat and sun praising God at the end of the day by singing together.


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