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ASP 2014 Reflection - Jake Plank

July 13, 2014

If you don't know me I am Jake Plank or as the people from the center did sometimes call me, Jake from State Farm.  So this past week has been a great ride, one I will never forget.  The fact is that this was one of the greatest weeks of my life.  Why it came to be was the purpose for me being here and going on that trip.

Throughout the week I found my true purpose for being here on this planet. My purpose is to spread joy and laughter through people I will meet and have met. This week I realized that with no doubt!  I met some of the coolest people I have ever met and will remember them always as they might remember me.  I made some new friends friends that are from the other churches that were there.  From North Carolina there was McKenna - one of the nicest girls I have met, Hannah - someone I could talk to throughout the week, George - whose other name I learned was princess, Carson - who made me laugh throughout the week, and Haley - who also made me laugh throughout the week.  There was Connor - a good friend I made, Josh - who was just a fun person to be around, Noah - he was a goof and would make me laugh a lot, and they were from Virginia.

Finally, I can not forget my work crew and people from our church who were down there with me throughout this week.  Having two new members in my work crew, I felt as though I had made their first experience funny and enjoyable to a point and they had made my week too.  They did surprisingly deal with me through the hard times at the site when I wouldn't really be there.  Such as Monday when I got really tired at the worksite.  Tuesday when Lori decided to stress me to a point of no return for that day and this was due to bees.  Wednesday I don't remember.  But Thursday and Friday from what I remember I was hard at work.  But my work crew consisted of Lori, Glenn, Todd, and Sarah.  Todd and Sarah were the two new members of our ASP team and they were some of the best new people you could ask for.  Todd made my week enjoyable, through his unawareness of what an ASP appropriate joke is.  He would make us laugh.  Sarah normally kept me in line and would make sure my work was good and well done.  Then there was Lori -Lori and her puns.  Now some were good and some were pretty bad.  Glenn would keep me on task and also make me laugh.  We had some good times, our crew.

This week has been most enjoyable to me for many reasons, not with just the people but also with the food because the food's purpose was to give me joy and make me pretty tired.  Tuesday we had BLTs.  Thursday the kind people next door made us homemade biscuits and gravy.  And finally Friday - haha - Friday makes my stomachs rumble thinking of it.  Friday we had soup, beans, homemade corn bread, pork tender loin that you could cut with a plastic fork which amazed me.  And the best mac and cheese that almost put me to sleep, it was so good.  Apparently 300 calories per bite and I had about a pound of this.  What really amazes me though is we were given 10 pounds of this heavenly death trap, and even more amazing is that I found out each 1/2 pound contained a whole stick of butter.  Yum right?

But anyway I am not up here to talk about the crush that I have on that mac 'n' cheese, I am here to talk about the relationships that I made with the people, and I feel as though I have done a great job!  I met the family really only once and that was Friday and the man that was there - Mr. Billy - was crying from how happy he was with all the work that both of our crews got done in a week. I have made friendships with the people that I worked with, the people I served, and the people at the center, staff included, that I will never forget.  And I hope they will also never forget!

~ Jake Plank

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