Today we went to Mission of Hope (Men’s Campus). This is a Christian Addict Outreach Program that helps with drug and alcohol addiction. This is a nice campus with all kinds of projects that goes on every day.
When we got there, we divided into 3 groups. You could go and help in the workshop, helping with anything to do with wood. You could go and help paint base boards at a new house that was built on campus. Or you could go help with going to the peach orchard and help trim the peach trees. Our kids did great helping!
After we worked for a couple of hours, we came in the chapel and cooled off because it was hot outside. We listened to two guys give their testimony of how they came to be in this program and how they are doing now.
This one guy was 50 years old and had been there a year and was in step two of the program. He said at a young age, he learned to play the piano and at 19, he was a Music Minister at a church in north AL. But he was doing religion, not living a life for Jesus. He made one decision to drink that led to many other things. He found himself out of the ministry and doing drugs and alcohol. He basically wasted his life addicted to drugs and alcohol. He finally made the decision to get in the program in his late 40’s. He was a very good speaker and kept all of our attention to listen to him.
After testimony time, we had lunch there which they had prepared. Then we came back to Redemption Church and chilled out until we had to leave to go to the Ronald McDonald House.
We arrived at the Ronald McDonald House to prepare, cook and serve meals to some of the residences who are staying there. This is a very nice house with I think the lady said 38 rooms? They had a huge kitchen to prepare the meal. We also had some students go to some of the rooms to wipe down all the toys and straighten the play room up. Other students straighten the little library they had there.
When it was time time to serve the meal, we also got to sing the songs from our program acapella style. The students did really good without any music. I’m very proud of them! You can see that video on the Church’s Facebook page.
The residents you could tell were tired, exhausted. One of them had twins early and had been there for 5 months. She said her babies alternate good and bad days. Majority of these residents had babies prematurely and were just waiting for them to get stronger to be able to go home. One showed pictures of their baby which was the weight of a soda can.
After everyone ate, we cleaned up and then came back to Redemption Church. The students are doing great! The adults are helping and doing a super job as well!
Today is is our last mission day. This will be a long day with two presentations within 4 hours. We’ll leave here at 11:00 a.m. and won’t get back until around 8:00 or 9:00 tonight. I feel that these final two presentations are going to be the best ever and I’m looking forward to what God will do today.
Thanks for your prayers!