Wednesday, June 7th
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me." Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or without clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?“ And the King will answer them, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:35-40
Our Nashville Mission Trip concluded by spending time at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Half of our group prepared and served lunch to NRM's clients while the other half of the group sorted clothes to be distributed to these clients and the homeless ministry program. We were blessed with a unique opportunity to eat lunch at the NRM. When they found out we would be spending the afternoon at Nashville Shores, the staff at NRM wanted to serve us lunch. It was such an honor to serve alongside and be served by such an incredible staff at the Nashville Rescue Mission. After we left NRM, we spent the rest of the afternoon at Nashville Shores Waterpark. It was a great way to end an amazing week of service.
Tuesday, June 6th
Today was another phenomenal day working with Graceworks and the Bridge. We spent the morning working with Caroline and Phil at Graceworks, knocking off many of the tasks they needed to get done before a new 20 pallet truck was delivered on Thursday. Some of our team spent the morning scanning expiration dates and packaging canned fruits and vegetables. Others on our team helped bundle hangers and organize storage containers. We also had three guys who helped take in donations and sort them.
We had a little bit of time before we needed to be at the Bridge so we spent an hour at the park hanging out and were treated to some sonic slushies! We finally made our way to the Bridge Ministry where we spent the evening unloading the food and helping clients get their groceries for the week. It was neat for our students to see how all the sorting they did yesterday in the warehouse made it's way to those who were in need. We saw the Bridge Staff from the warehouse there, which I think helped our students connect the two days of service. All in all it was a great day and we're looking forward to our time tomorrow at Nashville Rescue Mission.
Monday, June 5th
"What then is Apollos? What is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth." 1 Corinthians 3:5-6
We started off this morning reading these verses and talked about their implications not only in gardening, but in the life of a disciple as well. We spent our first half of the day working outside in the rain at Cul2vate in Ellington Agriculture Complex. Cul2vate is an agricultural organization that seeks to engage poverty at the point of hunger and deliver nutritional food to those who are hungry. They do this through growing produce in the middle of one of the biggest food deserts in the US. Even in the pouring rain, we spent the morning harvesting Sibeian kale, Black kale, and mixed greens. After picking the leaves, we washed them in ice cold water, dried the leaves and bagged them to be sent off this afternoon.
This afternoon we spent our time at the Bridge Warehouse sorting food to be distributed tomorrow during the Bridge Ministry. I'm excited for our students to see the fruits of their labor tomorrow as we help distribute what we sorted and packed this afternoon. Julia Dennis, an 8th grade girl, said of the Bridge Ministry, "It's amazing to see the impact this organization has on the community."