Thursday, January 15, 2015

Service Day: Esther's Kitchen

This week for Service Day, the girls and I went to Esther's Kitchen (which offers a free meal three times a week to those in the community who need it) to help prepare, serve, and clean up the meal. It's always fun to see them step outside their comfort zones and going around to the guests serving plates or using an old-fashioned mop for the first time.

I asked the girls to comment on the trip to Esther's, and this is what three of them said:

"It was meaningful to be able to connect with a whole new group of people and it meant a lot to me and brought me great joy to be capable of providing something to someone to just brighten their day. :)"

"I love being able to help people who maybe don't have as much as we do. I can't explain the joy it brings to see their smiles and how thankful they are. It makes me appreciate a lot."

"To love others is a trait I wish our generation would spend more time spreading to others. Esther's Kitchen showed me that caring and loving others, even if it is just a friendly smile, can change lives."

Although the girls sometimes complain about doing chores around the House of Hope or do a mediocre job on the mundane tasks, it's neat to see how those attitudes change when they are doing the same things for others; on Tuesday night, two of the girls peeled the burnt tops off of baked chicken while two others cleaned out containers of old food from the fridge, and I didn't hear a word of protest. I think it's so important for the girls to learn about and experience the opportunities to serve even in a small community like Marshall, and to keep in mind the question in 1 John 3:17: "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" I'm looking forward to seeing the girls' heart for serving others continue to grow during their time at HOHM!