Our family later traveled to a place called Chosen 300 which is a location for struggling individuals to come and hear the word of God and also receive a nice meal. This foundation serves 100,000 pounds of foods throughout the year, and has 3 different locations within Philly and several outside of the United States. We served around 100 individuals with a nice hearty meal of chicken, mac and cheese, vegetables and cold water. The people that run this religion based organization had a very different way of supporting people in the community that came to get their meal. The main director went around asking random people sitting down waiting for a meal what they had done today, yesterday and what they plan to do tomorrow. One man answered that he had just spent time enjoying the city and being stress-free.
They very greatly promote getting out and trying to find a job or getting an education, and therefore he kicked this man out of the building because he wasn't going to serve someone who wasn't making the necessary steps to improve himself.
The people who run Chosen 300 also strongly believe that you must speak out in order to receive the word of God, and many of us found this very different from our beliefs. At Wapping Community Church, we often say and think that everyone is welcome and will always be supported by God in all aspects of life. This was truly an eye opening experience for me and many other in my family, as we were able to see many different perspectives that we were not accustomed to. On our walk home we discussed our experiences and took a fun ride on a local carousel! Overall, another great day at #wccmissiontrip2k14!
-Emily T. :)
Today we helped our around the church site that we have been staying at for the past few days. Our family worked on cleaning the nursery. Our tasks were to wash the toys and organize the room so the kids could have a cleaner place to play. We also weeded the brick pathway and picked up trash so the church had a better curb appeal. Then we organized the church's library in order to donate unneeded books to children in need. After lunch with #hogiefest2014 from @Wawa we walked, because the bus broke down, to a very hot church on Broad Street. Here we helped set up and serve a dinner to about 320 people. We also helped run a clothing closet to help out people that needed new summer or work clothes. Later on we all had dinner which was pasta and meatballs cooked by the green machine and played the animal game.
-The Pink Squad
The Green Team today made breakfast for shut-ins. We formed an assembly line and packed various foods into individual bags. Not only that but we made greeting cards to send with the food, with the idea that it could brighten a persons day. Hopefully they accomplished that, we didn't get to see the individual packages sent, however we brought the boxes of breakfast along a walk and a bus trip to the office where they would be shipped out. Then we returned home (we bought Dunkin's on the way!) to plan what we'd do for worship and dinner, although a lot of time was spent doing our affirmations. We decided to center our worship around the story of Jesus feeding over 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and some fish. We talked about how we can accomplish more with Jesus's help.
-The Green Machines