Today was another gorgeous, sunny day in Dallas. After breakfast, we headed to Wesley-Rankin senior center. Maria showed us around and emphasized how much it means to seniors when people come and connect with them. College students were running a spring break camp for kids in another building so our middle-schoolers had fun helping with that.
The rest of us met Elizabeth who runs the senior activities and meals and never stops smiling. We served oatmeal and played Mexican bingo, dominoes, and colored with the residents. They were very patient with us and shared their personal bingo cards. We helped them with English and they helped us with Spanish. They were all so friendly and kind.
After we served lunch, we headed back to Tyler St. church to eat and help clean out one of their buildings. We helped sort and take things to the dumpster and Goodwill. They wanted the building emptied so it could be turned into an outreach center.
We had a wonderful dinner of BBQ chicken and green beans, and then it was time for pie! We drove a few blocks to the Bishop Arts area of Dallas to Emporium Pies, “fine pies for folk.” If you are ever in Dallas, we highly recommend it!
We ended the evening with devotions as we do every night–it’s a great time to come together and reflect on our day and where we felt God at work. Being on a serve trip is a time to put aside day-to-day routines and worries and go out of your comfort zone a bit focus on doing work we feel Jesus is calling us to do. We are at different places in our faith, but we all feel our faith growing stronger as well as our bonds with one another. It’s hard to explain how good it feels. We are hitting the bunks soon and looking forward to tomorrow!