What an exhilarating night we had! There were many new faces, adults from the local community were coming out of their homes to see what was going on at the local park. The light is penetrating the darkness. The light is getting brighter each week. There are so many new faces that are assisting, taking ownership and leadership for the community.
Where did the time go?
From introductions, coloring, playing games, talking, singing, feeding, encouraging this exhilarating night is over already. Well it’s only over for this particular night! We are full of much anticipation for another night with these at-risk children.
A local teenager from the community, is giving back already. He has taken the lead with B-B-Q-in the meal. He comes ready to serve and is trying to keep his smiles at bay yet, these smiles sneak in when you compliment him. He enjoys listening to our conversations, to see what truly excites us and what an exhilarating feeling that must be for him.
We are to build others up
At the beginning of the night this teen girl shared with me her interest in singing and how she struggled with it because of her shyness. I spoke to her with words of encouragement. I handed her the microphone as she sat at the table and encouraged her to talk into the microphone. Eventually, she sang and built the courage up to get in front of everyone to sing.
Upon departure a new girl and her sister asked if we were going to be back again. I said, every Wednesday, she said, okay, but, are you really coming back? I said, “YES” of course!
Why would she ask a question like that? If you don’t know it is because, they are looking for dedication and commitment in their lives. Maybe others have promised things yet never followed through or maybe because, people have not taken a genuine interest in their lives.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
I was brought up in a family of bakers that never divorced. My father was a baker and my mom was a stay at home mom. My life has had its fair share of ups and downs.