I truly have no clue where to begin on this note. So much has happened since Summer has begun! I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has made all the programs, monthly missions, everyday operations, mission teams, and more a major success! Summer has been an exhausting one, but we made it and as we have made it we have seen so many lives changed. I have learned so much about many of our kids, our neighbors, and myself.
Being able to share in the lives of our kids at the park... it has changed me in a way that I can't even put into words. They have all blessed my life as we have worked on the MC house, played in the park, and had lunch each day through the Summer Lunchin'. It is amazing to see how all of us are used to bring change in our community. We are all blessed with talents, gifts, and abilities that are so different, but yet it brings us together for one common cause. There's no way to describe how my heart feels about all of you... you are special. You are important. And you make a difference any where you are serving. Thank you so much for bringing JOY into my life and the lives of everyone we serve.
Meeting new neighbors this Summer through the Salvation Army has been a major blessing for our teams who have joined us, and for myself. Vernon, Johnny, Mr. Charlie, Kevin, Mr. Robert, Cadillac, and so many more of neighbors bring so much happiness each morning at 6:30am. Yes. 6:30am. If you haven't had the opportunity to serve breakfast with Chris at the Salvation Army you are missing out on a great way to serve and get your morning started. Not to mention the smiles you get greeted with as you see our neighbors come through the line to receive their meal. If you are interested in serving in the mornings, let me know!
We have hosted over 150 people this summer with folks coming from Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Our teams have served with us for a week-long Serve Program throughout our community. It has been awesome to watch the difference a week makes. From serving our senior citizens to homeless community, and our kids in the park lives have been impacted by building relationships with everyone who has been put in our paths. We have also learned that everyone makes the world a better place regardless of where you are from, what race you are, or how much money you have. Everyone has a story. Everyone. From the serving side to the receiving side. We all have a story to share. Tell yours. Listen to someone else's. Add another chapter to your story by serving others. Help someone else add a new chapter of hope to theirs. Serve in your workplace. At school. Hanging out with friends. As you walk downtown. You are given every moment to make a difference. Take advantage of every second!