14 Aug WE Youth and Adults Serve at Salkehatchie
Since its inception, Waters Edge UMC has enjoyed a strong relationship with Salkehatchie. But what in the world IS Salkehatchie?
Salkehatchie (pronounced Salk-a-hatch-ee) is short for Salkehatchie Summer Service, a ministry of the South Carolina Conference of the UMC. Salkehatchie was birthed 36 years ago when the Rev. John Culp saw a need for better housing amongst the poor of Hampton County, just up the road from Beaufort. What began as a small group of teenagers and adults working on a few homes that year has grown into a ministry that involves over 50 camps, hundreds of homeowners and thousands of participants each year. The case could be made that Salkehatchie Summer Service has done more to transform the minds and hearts of young people over the last three decades more than any other ministry offered through the UMC.
Once again this summer WE partnered with Salkehatchie in two significant ways. First, a team of 17 youth and adults traveled to Chester, SC to work alongside 28 others from throughout SC. The team worked on a number of different homes throughout the week while enjoying great hospitality, meaningful worship and lasting fellowship.
While our WE team was in Chester, a large group of volunteers supported Salkehatchie a second way: by feeding the 75+ person Penn Center Camp serving our community at the same time. Led by Evan Abrams, the campers were fed barbeque pork, beans, macaroni and cheese and some great desserts.
“Over the years I have become a big believer in the transformational power of experiences like Salkehatchie,” noted Pastor Lane Glaze. “It was a joy to accompany our team to Chester this year, and I’m grateful for the ways that our folks served the Penn Center team that same week. WE has always prided itself on putting our faith into action. When we take the time to serve in these ways, we are all blessed in wonderful ways. This is holy work for sure.”