Here is a glimpse into our trip to Chicago. I’m so thankful for this trip and the people I was able to share it with. On 5 AM on June 8, seven of us loaded up in a van and headed to Chicago, not knowing much more than we were headed to Good Hope Baptist Church to serve however we could. We did a little sight seeing the day we arrived and the day we left Chicago, but the majority of our week was spent loving on a sweet lady named Mrs. Clark and the Englewood community. Mrs. Clark is *so* precious. She had lost her husband and pastor of Good Hope six months ago. We were able to encourage her and love on her and she sure did the same for us. There were lots of laughs and late nights at her home, where she so graciously welcomed us. Eight of us and one bathroom couldn’t have worked out any better.
There were lots of different aspects of our week: gardening, painting, a ladies spa night, a community block party, and putting together basketball goals, but the thing we all looked forward every day was working with teenagers who came to Good Hope for an after school program. Our week was filled with lots of minute to win it games, an insane amount of sugar, tie dye, a photo booth (photographed by my brother in law, the teenagers loved it), water balloons, lots of pantyhose, Andy’s Frozen Custard (that is a crazy story that we give all glory to God for), but mostly lots of love. We fell in love with these teenagers, many who have been through more at the age of 13 than most of us had in our entire lives. For a week we had the amazing opportunity to love on these kids and to share with them the reason for that love.
As I shared in a post about Strawberry Pie and changed plans, Chicago wasn’t exactly our plan for this year, but I thankful it was His.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! – Ephesians 3:20