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SERVE Team Stories 2014
Written by MC Peeps   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:42

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"Finding your self in a small town"

Written By: Roselyn Real

To you and the rest of the world June 16, 2013 might not be an important date, other than a birthday or anniversary. But lucky for me this was the day that a big white bus from Casselberry Florida drove to Mission Change. We pulled into First United Methodist church parking lot to serve at SEWN, filled with  teenagers eager but terrified to begin a week of serving people they had never met. Myself being apart of this group, began to travel through this very vibrant church gymnasium with a well known friend by my side, we hopped from table to table discussing mundane topics like the weather, natural disasters, and flies but between the everyday conversations segments of a lifetime story flew into not only my ears but also my heart. These moments of a persons life experiences broke down walls I never knew I had. By the end of the week, I was excited to begin mission work in my home town, not knowing how I wanted to spread light in to my own community. But with prayer and a better understanding of the activities that occurred during my first week at Albany Georgia, I decided that building relationships with the people in my community was the most important thing to do. Because like ants on sugar the hurt of this world can dive into a person's heart destroying their life in difficult times. But I believe that no matter how strong a person is or how weak a person can be we should have the chance to be picked up and brought to our past glories, everyone just needs a little bit of attention. This is how I chose to live and these are the reasons that brought me to start serving a warm lunch to an extended stay hotel that houses underprivileged family's. Every first Saturday of the month we prepare a meal, pack up tables, tents and all the necessities to host a luncheon for close to seventy people into a bus which we then bring to the Suburban lodge to serve to the residents. But what brings me to be humble is understanding how many people have stayed with me through out everything. From developing an idea and caring it through. God put people in my life for better and worse, all for a higher plan.


"3 Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. 4 Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand."

Philippians 2:3-4

 
You Make the World a Better Place
Written by MC Peeps   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 20:48

 


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!

 

 
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