All week we have been praying that God would give us opportunities to serve the people of St. Louis and each day He has heard and answered our prayers. Today was no different!
The students got such joy from giving the pizzas to the people living on the street on Wednesday that they have been asking when we would be able to do that again. So, we bought extra lunch supplies and this morning we all worked together to make around 80 extra sack lunches to take with us downtown today.
The students also took time to write Bible verses that are meaningful to them on the sacks. We loaded the lunches in the vans and then headed to the Delmar Gardens of Creve Coeur Rehabilitation Center for our last concert in St. Louis. At each of our concerts at a senior living center Madison has shared a short testimony about her grandfather and the Christian example he was to her. She told the residents today how much he meant to her and how she tries to live her life the way he did and she reminded them that they too can have an impact on their children and grandchildren.
After we ate our sack lunches, we drove to the same downtown parking lot where we had given out the pizzas on Wednesday. There were even more people in that area today than there were on Wednesday and in just a few minutes we had distributed all the sack lunches, several cases of water and some extra T-shirts we had in the van.
Then it was time for some sight seeing! We took a ride to the top of the Gateway Arch for some breathtaking views of the city and then enjoyed watching the Cardinals beat the Mets. We couldn't have asked for a better end to an amazing week in St. Louis!
The way all of our middle schoolers have served this week and have pitched in happily when they've seen a need has been truly amazing and inspiring. I am proud to be a part of this group and I am so thankful for a church that provides our students with hands on opportunities to serve the Lord. Thank you for your prayers and your support!
Tomorrow we will be traveling home. Please pray for safety as we travel and also pray that even though our time in St. Louis is finished we would keep looking for opportunities to serve others and in so doing, serve the Lord.