We made it to Tennessee! What an awesome area down here. After the cold weather we left in Ohio, the 60s and sunshine today felt great! We are staying at Victory Baptist Church in Maryville for the week and the pastor and his wife were very welcoming when we arrived this afternoon.

After dinner tonight we had a really nice surprise! I would like to say a big thank you to the sisters for their letters they wrote to each one of us. Not only did I get a letter from Sr. Geraldine but she also has written a word for each day to encourage me during the week.

Tomorrow some of us are going to the Baptist church here for services and some others at a local Catholic church with Sister Barb. Then we are going to see the Smoky Mountains and go to Gatlinburg after that! Also tomorrow I believe we get some details about what we will be working on during the week here.

I am so excited to see what this week has in store for all of us. Some students are joining us from Eastern Illinois too so it will be fun to work with them. Actually I think there are a lot of college students coming together to work in Maryville this week. I can’t wait to see by the end of the week how much we accomplish together.