June 19, 2016
I saw God in almost everything we did this week, but especially in the people we met and worked with. I loved how grateful and happy most of our neighbors that were struggling with homelessness were to see us helping. I thought it was so amazing that even in their situation, they were so thankful and kind.
Overall, this week was an awesome week and I learned so much about life in general from so many different people. I learned that I might have been on this trip to help others but they certainly helped me by sharing their stories and
June 17, 2016
Today we got to be in God’s garden and see God’s miracle workers.
I saw God through the earth while digging the potatoes for those who need at a community food bank. It was fresh and nourishing food for people eat.
I saw God as I learned about Medshare through the kind world healers as we sorted and packaged medical equipment. It was wonderful to know that this medical equipment was saving people’s lives throughout the world with all the perfectly good equipment that was being thrown away in the United States.
God’s magic had been so many places throughout this week that I can’t count. God is the light through which us youth have seen and experienced through remarkable healing, love, and transformation.
June 28, 2014
Today we were fortunate enough to take part in a beautiful ministry called Mercy Community Church. Mercy Church has a congregation composed primarily of people struggling with homelessness. During my experience at Mercy, the face of God became prevalent to me in various places. I saw God through the actions and passion of the 2 pastors of the church as they led us in worship. One of these pastors was an ordained Presbyterian minister! I saw God in the heart of a man struggling with homelessness who rescued a dog, and committed to feeding it when the owner himself was often without food. I also saw God through the mannerisms of a 1 1/2 year old boy who was homeless, and who was the happiest child I had ever seen. He said thank you to people who did nice things for him and he offered me some of his cheerios. This experience left me with so much. Kevin, one of the men we met today, asked that we work on “reducing the distance” between ourselves and the homeless community. Through this experience, I learned that we can do that. -Elizabeth P.
June 27, 2014
1) In our bible study at Mercy Church we rewrote Psalm 23. We meshed as a community of believers our understanding of scripture into this.
The Holy Spirit is our shepherd as we walk through the system. We will gather together as often as possible to eat together and enjoy one another’s company as church so all will feel included. We will practice being good, healthy community inside the church so we can better be good, healthy community outside the church. We will also sing together to praise God and become more unified as a community.
2) Psalm 23. This is the version we read in our bible study
The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He lets me rest in grassy meadows. He leads me to the restful waters; He keeps me alive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff — they protect me. You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the LORD’s house as long as I live.
3) the Homeless Psalm was written by Lynda Baker. Linda was an active part of the Mercy Church community. Linda passed away about a year ago but wrote this before she passed.
The system is my shepherd, I lack everything that I need. The system makes me lie down on the concrete. The system tells me that I am not good enough for its water. The system slowly destroys my soul. Yea, though I daily walk through the system’s wastelands, the system still tries to destroy me. Their constant hounding and no sleep do not comfort me. The system doesn’t do anything for me, my cup is surely dry. Surely hatred and intolerance shall follow me all the days of my life in the system. And I shall dwell in the house of lack forever.
June 26, 2014
Today we went to the Mennonite farm just outside of Atlanta. There we met some inspirational people who told us about the different ways the farm gets involved in the community; from day camps for kids to a neighborhood garden they would be opening soon.
We cleared bush, pulled weeds, chopped down trees, fed farm animals, and broke down a barn so that the materials could be reused. The work was exhausting but very rewarding knowing that we had helped the farm and the neighborhood. -adele
June 25, 2014
So mainly this entire week is about serving others. It’s about giving ourselves to the people around us and especially those on the margins. We were asked to “give” something to one of the people we meet this week. It doesn’t matter where …. it might be at a soup kitchen or at a men/women and children’s shelter. Some of the things people chose to “give out” are hugs, smiles, to be a friend, etc. I didn’t see God in a certain place….but he helped me decide something that I might not have been able to decide on to “give” and I’m thankful for that. But later this week we will be having some free time and visiting some other places and I’m excited to see how that’s going to go!!