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Topic: Rain (09/07/04)

TITLE: Rainy Day Randomness
By Jess Godwin
09/09/04

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In July of 2003 I went on a mission trip to Nevis, West Indies. When much of your island is like a rain forest, you can pretty much expect a shower most days. On this trip, the full essence of the team I was with came out in the rain. Our first Sunday there, we had a storm. But not like you’re thinking. This storm was an ash blizzard. We woke up covered in volcanic “snow.” The next day, after all our efforts to clean around the school we were staying in resulted in mud, it poured water out of the sky. The sound of rain on a hot tin roof was like my own personal orchestra. Heaven on earth! Like lotion on dry, irritated skin, the rain soothed the air and washed the camp clean—effectively washing away our newly created friend Dusty the Ash man. Just kidding, it never came down heavily enough to build an ash man.
During the storm, some of the guys decided to wash their hair. Do they act like normal guys and go to the showers?? Nope, that would be way too easy. These are the same guys who decided to be adventurous and eat canned octopus with cheese and crackers. So, in a moment of divine inspiration led by our fearless youth pastor Captain Random…I mean Ben, they run to their room, grab their shampoo, and stand in the rain lathering up. Unfortunately for them (and quite fortunately for the humor of the girls) the rain stopped before they could rinse their hair. So they are standing in the dirt, in their swim trunks with shampoo pouring down their faces and across their shoulders as the last droplets from Heaven pattered to the earth. Either they had soap in their eyes, or they started up some kind of tribal rain dance. Whatever it was, they didn’t stand still for long. I love how the rain brings out the real personalities of my friends. We may be random, and we may get a little crazy sometimes, but over all, we just like to play in the rain. Don't you?


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darlene hight09/13/04
This sounds like alot of fun! Thanks for sharing it! Boys!