Day 7 seven started out great with biscuit and gravy, sausage links and fruit. We fixed our lunches and headed back to Mission Arlington.
When we arrived at Mission Arlington, we got our assignment and we headed to Garden Park Apartments to pass out snacks and drinks to the people who lived there. We divided into groups and went door to door passing out food and also letting people know there is a bible study group that meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the apartment playground. After we finished passing out snacks, we headed back to Mission Arlington.
We unloaded our empty boxes, took our bathroom breaks and headed to Arlington Plaza Senior Retirement Center to present our program to them. On the way there, we ate our lunches we fixed this morning after breakfast.
We arrived at Arlington Plaza and presented our condensed program to about 60 people. One thing that happened was when a lady sitting at a table noticed one of our students, Lane, coming towards her and she said he looked just like her son who was apparently killed in a car wreck years ago when he was Lane's age. She said when she saw him, it was like God speaking to her. Lane went and gave her a hug.
After we were done at Arlington Plaza, we started our site seeing tour with Bobby Miller since he is from this area. He took us to the Fort Worth Stockyards. There are shops, a museum, visitor center and they also do a cattle drive of longhorns down the street. That was pretty cool seeing those animals. After we finished at the stockyards, we went to Coopers BBQ restaurant. Let me tell you, that's some pretty good food! After we ate, we headed back to Oak Grove Baptist Church to finish our free time.
This has been a great week so far and now our traveling starts back in the morning. We will head to Star Baptist Church in Star, MS where we will stay the night.
Thanks for your prayers. Please continue those prayers for traveling mercies.
Today we left Union Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, AR and headed down towards Burleson, TX with a stop in Texarkana, TX to do our presentation at the Randy Sams Shelter....or so we thought.
When we arrived at the shelter, we were ready to get off the bus, unload, set up and present the gospel for the 3rd time this week. I went in to find out where would be a good place park the bus and unload. My contact person was not there. So, I called him and he said that the place was sprayed for bugs and people couldn't be in the building all day. Oh no! At that moment, things were going through my mind like "how could this happen?" Or "I should've called earlier before our arrival" and "what are going to do now?" Just to let you know, I never once blamed God for the mixup. I was then thinking, "well, God has something else planned".
My contact person thought of another place that we could go, but that guy was out of town so we couldn't go there. Then, I was directed to call the Salvation Army and they said "we would love to have you come, but we won't be able to do it until 5:30 pm." We were there at 1:15. Things just didn't work out for us to stay. So, we decided to scratch that and head to Burleson, TX, Bobby's hometown.
We arrived at Bobby's mother's house in Burleson around 6:15 pm (we call his mother Mimi). Mimi wanted to have us at her house for supper and so we ordered Chick-fil-A and had a great time with her. She also volunteered to help wash our Four:12 T-Shirts. Bobby's brother was also there along with his niece. Bobby had such a great time with his family and we did too.
The more I thought about it, if we had done our program at the shelter, it would've been a lot later until we would've arrived at Mimi's house, thus leaving not a lot of time to spend her. Bobby has not seen his family in almost 8 years. It was great that he wasn't rushed and he could spend some quality time with them. So, I think that was the reason that God didn't allow us to do our program at the shelter.
We are staying at Bobby's first church where he served in the ministry at Oak Grove Baptist Church and it's where we'll present our program on Wednesday night. He is excited about seeing everything he hasn't seen in years.
Keep your prayers coming!
When we arrived around 10:00 pm on Saturday night, there were a few people waiting to help take in luggage for us. They also had peanut butter and jelly, cooler full of drinks and snacks waiting for us.
Sunday morning, we had to wake up early due to the men's ministry cooking a full breakfast and they were serving at 7:00 am. Biscuit and gravy, eggs and bacon...yum! After breakfast, we headed to the worship center to get ready for the 1st worship service which started at 8:30. Their student choir, Know Mercy, sang two songs with us. WOW! What a glorious sound they made when they sang together. I think we had about 50 - 60 students up there singing! I loved it!
Oh, by the way, Dayton McClean (the young man we've praying for the past 2 months) was there and it was his first Sunday back from being at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Woohoo!
After the 1st service, we headed to their youth building called the Refuge where we hung out for a few minutes and then they went to their Sunday school classes. We helped lead the 2nd service which started at 11:00 am, Know Mercy helped sing with us as well. After the 2nd service, we went to the gym and had pizza for lunch, which Union Valley paid for.
After lunch, we had some free time where some took naps and some played Gaga ball at the Refuge. Some of Know Mercy students stayed for the afternoon to hang out with us.
At 5:00 pm, we ate at Union Valley's hamburger and hot dog cookout, which was provided for us and probably 250 people (not sure about the total). After we ate, we presented our presentation for the 2nd time this week where Know Mercy sang with us again the same two songs. A wonderful night!
Our students are doing so great! I am very proud of each and every one of them. Our chaperones are doing great and I appreciate their help!
Union Valley showed great hospitality to us while we were here. As we were pulling out of the parking lot, our students didn't want to leave and were bragging on how friendly everyone was. Thank you Union Valley Baptist Church!
As I am writing this, we are traveling down I-30 towards Dallas. We will be stopping in Texarkana, TX at the Randy Sams Shelter to present our program for the 3rd time.
Continue to pray for us as we are being witnesses for God!
That's all for now!
The day has finally arrived! We are excited about this trip and we thank you for your prayers! Not much went on today, but like the title says, traveling was done! We left Dawson Street Baptist Church at 5:20 pm and arrived at our lodging place for the night at Camellia Baptist Church in Prattville, AL with a stop at good ole' Chick Fil A in Dothan, AL.
We have another big traveling day tomorrow as we head to Memphis, TN with our first stop being at Bass Pro Shop Pyramid and then we will do our 1st presentation at Union Mission Shelter at 6:00 p.m.
Bobby Miller, our youth pastor, is our bus driver for the trip and is doing a great job!
That's all for now.