Friday night debrief for ginger’s journal
For tonight’s blog – Our student leader Liz Davidson is going to share:
Today started with an awesome pancake and bacon breakfast made by Mr. Chappell and crew. Our first work project today was landscaping and cleaning at the YWAM base houses, so we got to sleep in some (hooray)! From 10:00 to 2:00, teams cleaned up pine needles and palm fronds, raked leaves, and did a thorough cleaning and re-organizing of the pantry. The raking team gather what felt like a thousand bags of yard debris… at any rate the pile of trash bags was taller than me. The kitchen team went through piles of dish rags.
After a lunch of sandwiches and left-over soup, one team cleared up while another went out front to sweep porches and gather a few more bags of pine needles. Then we got ready for ministry at the Fisher Housing playground. We ran through the skits one more time, cut up paper for drawing, and made extra bubble wands out of wire hangers (skills!). Then it was off to the playground. The kids started gathering as soon as the vans arrived.
We got to draw, blow bubbles, and play with chalk with the younger kids. The boys played a great game of football, and other games such as tag and “slap the donut” (a game which involves running around with a flailing kid on your back). Then it was time for the skits. The students did a great job of getting the kids’ attention with songs and keeping the skits going despite interruptions. After the skits, we got into groups to pray with the kids. Many of the children prayed for their grades, but some prayer requests were more serious. One boy prayed for his mom, as his dad had left them. Several kids prayed for protection of bullies on the bus or at school. Mrs. G’s kids prayed for supper because they didn’t know if they would have any.
After a dinner of taco salad and taquitos, students shared funny parts of the day. Jernee and Liz earned the nicknames “makeup” and “tomboy.” Mr. Miller was serenaded by a girl with a marker “microphone” – “I don’t need no mineral (material) things.”
It’s a great privilege for me to get to hang out with the 9th grade girls. They’re really great.
Tomorrow we will head to the 9th Ward and see where the levee broke and caused major damage during the Katrina hurricane devastation! We’ll see the homes that Brad Pitt has helped build. We’ll ride the ferry across the Mississippi and go shopping in the French Market and maybe have some alligator for lunch! We’ll end the sharing whose name we chose and bless them with scripture and words of encouragement! Then we’ll pack up to head home Sunday!
Our devotional today was titled “To The Least Of These”
We read Matthew 25:37-40 it ends with … “they have been full of the love of Christ and have faithfully served me by serving others!” These kids have done an amazing job of working together and serving others – YWAM and those precious kids we spent the afternoon with. It took teamwork to accomplish everything that got done today – working, playing and ministry!
Tomorrow we are going to talk about being a friend or a frenemy.
A Frenemy is someone who acts like a friend to your face, but behind your back acts like an enemy.
At Summit we want to build young men and women who are friends of God and friends to each other.
The Greatest Commandment
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31New International Version (NIV)
Learning to live the greatest Commandments!