Friday. Sweet, sweet Friday.
Last night, though. Last night the kin-dom of God was present outside of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta at Central and Washington Street. Rev. Rob from Greensboro held worship and served the sacraments to all who wished to come. No questions asked. Needless to say, it was moving and real. So real.
When your youth gets home, ask them about the friends outside that they met and spoke to. It was powerful.
Now, on towards morning like Peter Pan.
Waking up to the smell of bacon, sausage, grits, and eggs is something that one cannot describe; especially after you haven’t had a hot breakfast all week. (We will ignore all the other awesome food we ate while on this trip…)
But the best part about breakfast, you ask?
They also had Sunny D. Do you all remember Sunny D? Of course you do. It was the rabid, already-made cousin of Tang and all the cool skater kids drank it. You saw those commercials as a kid and you wanted that tangy orange-colored drink that tasted nothing like orange but sunshine in a glass. I had some this morning. 2 glasses. It was glorious. I would do it all over again.
I can’t explain the excitement this morning about the sites we were visiting: the farm for manual labor, Loaves & Fishes food pantry, and the women’s shelter. Throughout the entire week, people that we have worked with have commented on how wonderful our youth are, especially for such a large group (here’s the part where I brag on my kids, and their parents, because they taught them to behave). We’ve gotten compliments because we’ve cleaned without being asked, because they gave thoughtful answers, because they were respectful everywhere we went. These are the things I expect from these youth because they are that awesome. My job is the best because my kids are the best. Don’t argue with me. It’s a waste of your time.
Our afternoon consisted of showers and the MLK Center in Atlanta. While it was a moving experience, it was again, hot. We saw the MLK birth site, the memorial, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Freedom Hall, all in the heart of Atlanta.
After our excursion to MLK Center, we made our way back to DOOR to relax and have some free time. Crews were played, songs were sung, and lots of pizza and salad were eaten.
Tomorrow, we head out for Nashville for min-golf, go-karts, BBQ, swimming, worship, and our senior’s send-off. After the trip, be on the lookout; the youth and leaders will be posting about their experiences on the trip.
Until then (or really, until tomorrow), here are some more fun pictures from the week.