“Through love, serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
One of the three main points of our mission is to serve while here at Point of Grace. I thought about it a lot in the long journey here, and was not sure exactly how that would present itself. I knew of our opportunity to build the coop and also our plans for VBS, but what did that really mean? How can we serve 600 children?
After I posted to our blog last night, we headed up to have dinner with the kids in the large hall in the high school. Leading up to the event, I was under the impression that we would be sitting with them while we ate, but quickly learned that we would be serving them instead! As a team, and with the kitchen staff’s help, we served over 400 students a meal of rice, potatoes, cabbage, and a small piece of chicken. The children were also treated to a bottle of Coke or Fanta. Organized chaos erupted, but after we learned that this was the first piece of chicken that these children have had in over a month, we were honored to be able to be a part of such a special occasion. Their bellies and our hearts were full to say the least!We headed to church this morning as a group, and had the sincere pleasure to witness the baptism of Nashon’s (one of Point of Grace’s Administrators) newborn son. We have worked closely with Nashon since we arrived last week, and it was very moving to be present at such an important moment in his son’s life. Pastor Stecker then gave a sermon about Jesus dividing the loaves and the fishes, which really resonated with our group after our experience the night before. That, combined with the fantastic singing made this one of the best worship services we’ve attended in a long time!We then had the privilege to meet the many students that members of Emanuel graciously sponsor. We passed out gifts and care packages and even met their siblings and families. This, above everything else we have experienced thus far, has really resonated with me personally. I cannot stress how incredibly talented, polite, and curious these children are. If there is one thing that I would like for you, the reader, to take away from this blog is that these children are deserving. They are strong, smart individuals that have weathered more storms in their short life than many of us will ever know. If you have the ability, serve them. Serve with donations, serve with prayers, and serve with sponsorships. You cannot fail them. They never ask for more than they need.And with that, I will wish you all good night. Tomorrow brings more opportunities to meet the surrounding community, and I will share our adventures with you all then!-Shannen