Albany 2017 – Update #2
Hello again from Georgia! Day 4 has been our best day yet! We woke up at 5:55am and served breakfast at the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is run by a man named Chris who wakes up at 3:30am every day to drive an hour to Albany so he can serve the homeless and hungry. It has been inspiring for our whole group to spend time with him every morning. Isabella Ingram, rising 8th grader, said, “Chris is the hardest working and most dedicated person I have ever met. He inspires all of us.”
After breakfast, we partnered Fairhope United Methodist from Fairhope, Alabama and served at a local food bank for a few hours. Some of our students were bummed that we did not break the food bank’s record for most boxes packed. However, Grant Mathis, intern, calculated that we packed enough boxes to feed one family for 12.6 years which gave us all a different perspective on our day.
Then the fun really began. We spent about three hours in a park that Mission Change has a strong presence in. The park is in a rough area of town and it was obvious that not many of our students had spent time in an area of town like this. At first there was some discomfort, but right when we busted out the slip’n slide, everything felt normal again. Shortly after our students started laughing and giggling, around 35 kids from the local neighborhood started showing up. We had a great time soaking each other with water, water balloons, and most importantly shaving cream. Take a look at the photos below to see just how much fun we had!
On the surface, there are so many reasons why our students’ paths would never cross with the kids we played with today. But I loved watching our students forget about that and just live in the moment. They showed love through their smiles and their laughter. It was a privilege to witness walls being torn down and smiles starting to grow on the faces of the kids we were with. While the Bible does not talk about shaving cream or water balloons being a part of the Kingdom, it does talk about joy. That same joy is what we experienced today.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers for our group!