Another great outing Saturday. A full cooking crew, Rich, Angie and their two boys, and Megan with son Kyle. The twins enjoyed breakfast and a movie while we got soup and chili ready and then joined us to make sandwiches. While we cleaned up, the boys put together toothbrush kits and got the toiletries together, a couple of mature 5 year olds…
Saturday was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to come in for our lunch. Many compliments to the cooks. We’ll give special credit to Megan for spicing the soup and chili. I forgot to say after the last outing that we discovered the women love pickles. BJs was out of rolls and the pickles called out to me when I was picking up the cold cuts. I don’t think we can have lunch without them again. Everyone is always excited for our lunch, but the pickles seemed over the top. Everyone was looking forward to Bingo after lunch. Rich called a great game.
A few things to think/pray about:
I met a young woman who was new to the shelter and she asked where we were from and after I told her she asked if our van would be there tomorrow (Sunday) to pick up people for church. It seemed a letdown to say that we would not be there. As we ate strawberry shortcake after church this morning I keep wondering what if and why not?
When I was pulling things from the STG closet for the toiletry kits I came across a bag labeled “to Steve from Art and Alex.” Inside the bag was a new shirt and pants and winter coat along the cards from my Sunday school class encouraging and congratulating Steve on his new job. This was from the old days of STG. Alex got to be friends with Steve through STG at South Station. He would ask for something and Alex would make sure we brought it next time, but often Steve was not there and it would be sometime before we saw him again. This bag was from 2010, one of our last outings to South. Alex works in Boston now and still sees Steve on occasion. Pray that Steve can get himself together, and stay together and get/keep that job he hoped for.
Also, pray for all of the workers at Woods Mullen who have a tough job of keeping the shelter orderly and who really care for all of the women. We have watched staff have to speak to guests about behavior, but with compassion that is truly impressive. God is awesome!
Watch for future dates, July 30 and August 20 are tentative for now.
Another awesome out on Saturday! Tim O organized a FOY class reunion to prepare the meal. I will let Tim's email below speak for how that went. I was joined at WM by Time and Kevin S. Lunch was great as usual, many compliments to the chefs and to Dancing Deer Bakery and Laura for tasty dessert treats. Learned from a couple of women that they will be moving to their own place soon. It was nice to hear from S that her family/father was helping her get her apartment ready and that both women knew of New Life as a resource for things they need to get started! God is Good. We had a spirited game of Bingo for the prize packs of toiletries and flip flops that Tim put together (enough packs to carry over to Bingo Tuesday...).
Our next our is scheduled for June 25th. We could use a couple of cooks and some company serving. Enjoy Tim's email.
Looking forward to serving with you
After hand-washing and a captivating discussion on kitchen safety, the boys were so eager to begin their kitchen tasks that they rocketed past the lonely donuts, imprisoned in a box on the table (they were emancipated later). About ten minutes into his chosen assignment, Tristan was coveting other vegetables as he mournfully chopped a mischievous bag of onions. Reid and Jack M. fared much better as they sliced celery and carrots with the enthusiasm and precision of a Benihana dinner spectacular. Isaac and Stephen browned the beef in anticipation of Top Chef, Griffin's fashionably late arrival. As Newsboys, "We Believe" blared on my Bluetooth speaker, Isaac asked if I had any other music. I said that I had both kinds: Christian Rock AND Christian Contemporary. We (and by "we," I mean "I") settled on Toby Mac.
Stephen and Griffin struggled with an old-fashioned, hand-crank, can-opener when I stepped in to ensure their safety. With all of the precision, comedic timing of a Swiss watch, I wrestled the tomato sauce lid off with a perfect flourish, swirling a glob of crimson goo onto Griffin's favorite pair of sweat pants. There was an audible gasp as Griffin's usual affable smile momentarily morphed into a steel-eyed glare, only to return to his good-natured giggle. I'm thankful for Christ's preaching of forgiveness and for over-developed senses of humor.
Isaac, Tristan, Reid, Stephen, and Jack M. made short work of the synchronized sandwich making, coordinating a kaleidoscopic mosaic of ham, turkey and cheese into fresh sandwiches for the guests at the shelter. The boys mastered the art of counter sanitization which they can demonstrate for each of you at home. Griffin demonstrated both interest and aptitude making the chicken soup and chili. These boys have some skills.
After everyone loaded the bounty into his car, Art led a prayer thanking God for working through your son's hands and for the opportunity to serve Him with all the glory going to God.
I've had a chance to reflect on the Soup2Go ministry and Art Davies' service in particular. It's got to be tough to be a man with such a swollen heart for the homeless to see them in constant need. Over a period of years longer than some of your sons have been alive, I don't know how he does it time after time again...and I don't know how I don't.
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.