Friday was our Service Day and boy did we have a great experience! We had the wonderful opportunity of servicing a local church: Riverside United Methodist Church. Some painted the narthex (walls and trim) with William and Anthony and some helped throw things away and move things around in the church with Bruce. Everybody at our site worked well together and it was awesome to be a part of and witness.
The amount of hardship they encountered after Hurricane Harvey was hard to comprehend. Their church is only feet away from the bayou; because of that, their church was filled with water 12 get high. William shared about the loss of many lives and how there are people who are still affected. He explained that snakes, alligators and sharks were swimming around when the water came and went and came and went and came and went with no where to go. There were piles of cars on the interstate that it looked like a junkyard. The amount of mud that remained took many skid loaders and shoveling to remove. They have done a lot of hard work to clean up and recover. The church is beautiful and I’m glad we could be a part in the beautification process. We had lunch delivered to us from Jason’s deli and Pastor Lee invited us to stay in the their air conditioning. So we gladly accepted!
After lunch we headed over to the NRG Arena for a celebration of service filled with music, games, and activities. Since we did community life the day before, we decided to go check out Interactive Learning in the NRG Center. They were able to check out what they wanted to do for today as they had 9 AM – 1 PM as a group of 10,000 instead of everyone all together. It was a nice, relaxing environment to have their last full day of the Gathering.
The Mass Gathering touched on some have subjects, so our Final 15 (reflecting on the day) was a little longer. The amount of courage and vulnerability these speakers have to be able to share their testimony with others is absolutely amazing! I’m thankful for all their stories as they are unfortunately relevant stores for your to relate to: eating disorders, cutting, mental illness, medical illness, having a disability, being different, etc. All worth hearing and as one speaker said,”There’s grace for that.” No matter what your story holds, we are all “magnificently imperfect” as another speaker shared, so there’s grace for that.