12 December 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 6 comments


Last night Jacob and I started our "give back" plan. I've been wanting him to do some form of community service and he finally chose to do the homeless ministry with our church. So last night we went to the homeless shelter and fed about 90 homeless people. It was to say the least humbling.

I kept close to J at all times since he was "mouth open" the entire time. He did great, but was pretty affected by the scene. Most of the people there were men and a handful of women, but what was hard was the 4 families. One family in particular effected both of us to tears. This woman had 3 babies under the age of 4. She looked so broken down and just sat with her head in her hands the entire time. Her baby was about 6-9 months old and she actually looked pregnant. Her clothes were so worn out and she was using hair bands to hold up her pants. I wanted to take off my jeans and long sleeve shirt and give them to her right then! We would try to help her with plates or a hand to hold the baby, but she refused any help except to throw away her plates after her meal. As she walked out the door into the 30 degree weather, Jake and I both looked at eachother with the same look, "where is she going to go?"

One thing that brought a smile to our faces was the fact that ALL of the children there, about 15, ALL wanted big helpings of spinach. Several of them even came back for seconds!!!! When we were driving home J and I talked about the meal, it was not something I would serve. Fried chicken, boiled spinach, rice and beans. But we were both amazed by the fact that all of those kids didn't care what was in front of them, they ate it, ALL.

Our "give back" plan is something we will be doing once a month although we would both like to serve dinner on a weekly basis. But for now we will start here and continue to pray that these folks stay warm and safe this holiday season.


Sounds like it was an evening that has affected you both and helped bring a greater appreciation for the things you have. Good on ya for lending a hand!

Keep smilin!

I'm so glad to read this. This has been on my mind a lot and I've wondered if the boys were just to young for it all. Thanks for sharing your give back plan. I love it.

Awesome Kayce...I want to say more, but can't find the words. Thanks for being you.

this is big stuff. Good for you.

What a meaningful experience for you to have with your son. Everyone should take the time to do something like that. It puts everything in perspective.

You did a great service, serving others and being a leader for your children. Thank you!!

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