I should be sharing more at worship and think a lot about what to say when Phil or Karen ask where we have seen God at work. I worry about speaking and don’t raise my hand. Volunteering with Soup to Go we see God everywhere in the fellowship of cooking and driving to Boston, in the people we serve and in the staff at Woods Mullen.
Our last visit, June 23rd was no different. We had a new cook in the kitchen, Carol, and Amy who volunteers “regularly” and a lot to do with just the three of us. We got everything prepared with plenty of time for talking laughing. John arrived a little early and helped us complete packing and loading. It was going to be just the two of us today when surprise, Susan arrived and wanted to join us- awesome (others have done the same the last few outings).
At Woods Mullen we had as many people to serve as on a cold winter day with more coming in when they heard brownies were being served and knew “the Church” was here. We had just enough to serve everyone. We all commented on how happy everyone seemed. Even Maria who we have known for years and our conversations usually go to “she thinks our food is institutional and is not good” was happy. I thought maybe it was the underwear she requested, and I brought on our last visit, but then Maria revealed that she may not there the next time we come, she has housing! We need to pray for this as I have heard it before (about a year ago), but this time it sounds for sure. Maria was glowing.
We didn’t play bingo this time but had time to sit and catch up. Susan met up with a woman who has not been there for our lunches in sometime. She is doing well and is staying somewhere outside the shelter. It was awesome to watch both their joy for each other as they caught up. I was being quizzed on how STG is funded and organized and then discussions on whether our church accepts donations. Think of the parable of the widow with two copper coins, Luke 21 – amazing.
The large turnout also reminded me of a discussion I had with Wyan, one of the managers, a couple of years ago when I was trying to figure out when or how many visits we could make over the summer. And that summer is hard; many people, including me, vacation, etc. Wyan simply said “We will be here. Summer is no different, we will be here and appreciate every time you come”. I think about that conversation often. The women are always there, and our visits are awesome.
We have three lunches planned this summer; July 14, July 28, and Aug 11. Aug 11 is our Sundae dessert, which everyone loves. It is hard find the open dates and give up a Saturday morning, but please considered signing up to cook or serve. Bring a friend. You will see God in action and the women will be there.
Author - Art Davies
I have been serving with STG since joining Amy and Julie's Disciple Bible study in 2002. Many thanks to STG founders; Amy, Julie, Wendy L, Wendy G, Margi, Joan S and (tell me who I missed) and also to all those who have served with STG over the years. Most of all, thanks to God for blessing us to serve, Jesus for the examples of what it means to serve and the Holy Spirit for working in us as we prepare, serve and tell our stories.