Kentucky: Food For Thought

The day began early, but that just gave us more time to glorify God and serve the community here in Whitley City.  

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With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, a good mission trip should begin with breakfast! We were blessed to have beautiful surrounds at 7 in the morning.  

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After breakfast, all 20 of us piled into the vans and headed over to The Lord's Cafe where our time supporting a local ministry would begin.  

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3 days a week (5 days a week in the summer), people can stop in for a free, home-cooked meal where you are waited on and the servers pray over you before you eat. The patrons are truly treated with respect and decency. They cafe can get very busy, so it went without saying that there would be plenty to do.  

Some set up the dining areas.  

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Some helped prep the food.  

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Some washed dishes.  

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And others assisted with additional ministries on-site by sorting donated clothing.  

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While most of the team stayed and worked at The Lord's Cafe, a small group went over to another building (The Learning Center) to assist with other jobs.

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One thing they asked for assistance with was painting a few rooms.  

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One room was wonderfully decorated with a tree. It had branches! :) 

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Sadly, in order to paint effectively, the tree had to come down.... 

Disclaimer: the tree is not dead! Just lovingly preserved until its new home is completed.  

Disclaimer: the tree is not dead! Just lovingly preserved until its new home is completed.  

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So, for day one, we definitely had a lot of fun... 

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We worked and served the ministries we came to partner with...

We may not have enjoyed every task, and our faces may not have reflected it (*cough* Grady), but we all worked with a servant's heart.  

We may not have enjoyed every task, and our faces may not have reflected it (*cough* Grady), but we all worked with a servant's heart.  

141 people were fed at The Lord's Cafe today (those numbers about double throughout the summer).

 

We played some games...

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We're not entirely sure what some people did... 

We were educated about proper grammar... 

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And we learned how to effectively reduce any aggression against one another.  

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At the end of the long, but very encouraging and uplifting day of service, we were able to come back together as a team and enjoy dinner in our beautiful surroundings.  

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And then we met to debrief about the day's experiences and encourage each other in what we've already begun to see within the community and amongst our diverse members of the team.  

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Some take-aways from today: 

  1. Missions isn't a check box. It's a lifestyle. 
  2. "I had to get over the whole success for church is numbers thing." 
  3. While praying for people at The Lord's Cafe, we would always ask if there was anything we could be praying for. Many people mentioned cancer (either personally or within the family), but one person pulled out a list and said it was a list of people who don't know Christ and asked that we pray for them.
  4. Crying is a very natural and acceptable thing - "Grady and I cried a lot today...but there were onions and knives involved."
  5. It's been exciting to see this diversely gifted team come together and utilize a sort of tag-team ministry.
  6. You don't really know or care about someone until you actually take the time to serve them.
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Truly a successful and uplifting day in Whitley City - Rain and all! 

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 Stay tuned for more of our adventures here in Whitley City, KY!

Tomorrow's item of interest: learn whether or not the men in the group can actually do laundry.