Our youth group leadership recently decided that instead of just talking about how we should be showing Christ to the community – we wanted to help our kids do that. So, we called our local rescue mission and set up a recurring service date for our youth to go serve there.
I will admit that my original thought process when talking about scheduling such a thing was that I would really be helping out our youth and in turn, they would be helping out the local community. But, now that we’ve been doing this for a few months – my perspective has changed. It’s funny how God does that for us, isn’t it?
So, here are a few things I’ve learned while working at the Good News Rescue Mission:
- I am insanely picky about what I eat, how often I eat the same thing, and how it is placed on my plate.
- Parents who are homeless or just hungry still love their kids enough to make them eat their veggies first.
- Smiling at someone can change their entire attitude.
- My children and I really need to spend more time with people who are in need.
- Even though I want to love people who are ‘poor’ the same way Christ did – I am truly scared the majority of the time. (This hasn’t stopped me from volunteering, but it’s a fear I face each time we do it) Pray for me in this!
- People who are in need still appreciate a good sermon.
- Good manners are not necessarily based on someone’s income.
- I haven’t been truly hungry in a long time and I have no idea what it would be like to be grateful for just one meal a day.
- Our youth have big hearts and even when they are out of their comfort zones they are willing to serve.-
- I am blessed beyond measure.