It has been quite a weekend! Project jumped into action on Friday afternoon, and we have been busy ever since with training and orientation. I love how fast everyone here clicked and connected. I mean, I already feel like I have known everybody here for a long time. Oh and Greg S, there’s a guy here who could be you in a few years. Just sayin.
Yesterday, we went on our first outreach on Bradford Beach. We were taught how to share the KGP, we went out and shared it. “Getting our feet wet,” as one of the staff told us. It was a little cooler out, so there weren’t all that many people on the beach. I, personally, had no luck with conversations of any kind, but one person accepted Christ into his heart, and another looked like God had reached him as well, though he didn’t pray to receive Christ while at the beach.
This morning, we went to a small African-American church “in the hood.” They were so welcoming, and I immediately fell in love with them. Their souls were on their sleeves, and it was so moving that I almost wanted to cry during the music at the beginning of the service and nothing had been said yet! And then the affirmation of faith was said with the most meaning I had ever heard anyone say. I hadn’t heard it like that before, but I will post it when I get it. The sermon was so moving, as the pastor shared his trials and hardships, while sharing what the Lord has done. There were “Amen!”s of agreement coming randomly from the small congregation that was easily overwhelmed by our project. The plan is to go to a different church every week, but they are all in the hood and not too far from Here’s Life, where we’re staying.
This afternoon, we went on a tour of the city slash scavenger hunt. We were shown the diversity and segregation in Milwaukee, the most segregated city in America. We also started the group discussion of how this can be changed and improved as to not be as segregated. In Acts 10, the Spirit told Peter in a vision that nothing can be called profane because everyone on earth was created by God, who loves them all equally.
This next week is orientation week. We were warned that it is going to be full, and we should get lotsa sleep and stay healthy. I admit that I pushed myself a bit much on Saturday when we did our outreach, but sleep will be called for early tonight and I’ve been taking it easy today, getting a ride instead of walking five blocks to church this morning, etc.
Prayer requests include for the two boys that were presented the KGP yesterday and our team this next week as we hit orientation hard. I love you all!
Smile Always, Anna
PS Feel free to shoot me questions or comment questions and I’ll try my best to answer them, as I’m sure I missed a lot of aspects you may have been wondering.