105 Franklin St, South Hill, Virginia

District Mission Trip

South Hill United Methodist Church

District Mission Trip

Friends of the Edisto

Trip Information

The main purpose of the trip is to provide home maintenance for the needy in the tribe. We replace a lot of floors, decks, stairs and porches. We anticipate working on a roof on this trip, and whatever else the tribe has identified. You do not need to be an experienced builder to be on the team. We will not ask you to do anything you are not comfortable doing.

There have been many changes for our mission to serve with the Edistos since we started back in 2004. For one, inexpensive housing is no longer available for the team. The team now stays in the rental cabins at Givhans Ferry State Park. They are equipped with modern conveniences, but are designed for use by a single family. Each cabin has two bedrooms, and comes with two inflatable beds, which would be used in the living room. We try to keep the living room in one cabin free of beds and set up an additional table to provide room for the team to eat meals together.

The meals program for the tribe has been phased out so we no longer eat lunch at the community center. On the last trip we returned to the cabins for lunch and had a light meal which the team provided. The evening meal is also taken at the cabin, and usually we have one evening meal with the men’s club at Trinity UMC.

The team assembles in Ridgeville at the state park. If you want to go on the trip and need transportation we will make every effort to get you there. The team will provide meals from your arrival until departing on Friday morning. What to bring: towels, washcloths, toiletries, any medications you require, suitable work clothes and closed toe shoes. (South Carolina has fire ants) The cabins have bed linens furnished, so sleeping bags and pillows are not necessary.

As we usually go the church for a meal and may visit a local restaurant, some casual clothes are needed. A flashlight is very handy for maneuvering around the cabin at night. Not sure what the weather will be like, but sunscreen and bug spray may come in handy. Bring your camera and phone or tablet, the cabins now have WiFi. You do not need to bring any tools, but feel free to bring tools you are used to working with.

If you have any other questions, please contact Gary Lied at 434-223-2672 or tritongreen@hughes.net.

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