Today we went to work at the community living room. It is a place where people with HIV/AIDS can go to seek counseling and reach their life goals. I think their main goal was to make people who have HIV and AIDS have a community that they fit in with and be able to talk to other people who truly understood the struggles that they deal with on a day to day basis.
While we were there we helped move computers, games, and many other items from one room to another in order to make a music room. Another mini group of us organized craft materials so that they could go into a craft cabinet. Finally, when we finished the transporting and organizing we taped the walls in the lobby so that the next group could paint. We trimmed the walls in order for the group who is coming tomorrow to be able to paint the full wall.
Davies Matthews Band: The Gift of Life Family House
The 12 of us, along with Pat, walked to the Gift of Life Family House, a hotel of sorts for families of patients waiting to receive organ transplant(s). People can stay in the house for as long as they need to-- some are there only for a night before or after their surgery,while others live there for months or even years.
We spent the morning baking and decorating cookies, cupcakes, cornbread, banana bread, and brownies for the residents of the Gift of Life Family House. There was a man in the kitchen with us named Jimmy, who was making salsa to keep his mind off of things. He was waiting for a heart, a liver, and two lung transplants (and had been there for over a year.) We were all touched by his story and his humility. After we finished baking we went on a tour of the facility, a very nice four story building that even included a patio area, a small gym, and a laundry room for people staying there. We were amazed to learn that everything had been donated, as the organization is non-profit. It was also nice that many of the rooms were sponsored by families that had lost loved ones; our theme this week is meeting Jesus, and we found a Christ-like resurrection in the dedication of rooms and also in the lives saved and improved by organ donations. Baking and exploring the house drew our attention to a problem and a whole community with solutions that we had probably not thought of before.
We ended earlier than the other groups, and were able to take a trip to the Philadelphia Aids Thrift Store for some cool shopping! We also cooked dinner (hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, fries, and salad) for the group and prepared worship for the night. It was a great first day of #wccmission2k14!
P.S. HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY BRIAN
THE PINK GROUP: PHILABUNDANCE
At the beginning of the day, we went to the hunger relief center. We met the employees who explained how the organization gives food out to those who can't afford it. We joined up with a group of four guys from a different church, and ventured into the freezer section of the building. Once there, we were assigned different meats to sort. We had a great time working with the other group, and with the employees. We sorted over 4,000 pounds of meat by the time we were done.
From there, we took the bus over to the "Chosen 300" where we were serving food to homeless people. We had some time to kill, so we went to the pretzel factory and taco bell. We walked to the kitchen after that. We met the leaders of the organization. It was a husband and wife that got the idea by giving a homeless man forty cents out of their pocket. They expanded to not only other parts of the state, but several places out of the country. Their was a preacher there to give a sermon before the dinner started. He was so passionate about his beliefs in God, and was not afraid to express them with the public. His ideas liberated the entire shelter, and gave them all a sense of hope. There were several jobs given out including greeters and servers.We served food and greeted people for about three hours. We all had a great time interacting with the volunteers and the people eating. On the way back, we stopped to walk through a park where we were given free WaWa smoothie samples, and Tastykakes. We then got back to the church around eight and continued with our night. Overall, it was a great day, and we were able to not only help a many people, but have fun while doing it.
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