Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Lot of Firsts!

As mentioned by Josh in the previous post, we had our first homicide - double homicide in fact (Article 1 & 2). It was a stark reminder of the brokenness of the world around us, and an evern deeper reminder of the need for God's love and redemption in each of our lives. This event also caused quite a commotion for all of us, and provide some very healthy dialog during our weekly community meal; which brings us to some more positive firsts.

We had our first community meal that was prepared by one of the residents. But this is not just any resident - this resident is an authentic Cuban chef. He prepared a pork and vegetable soup. Everyone unanimously loved the meal! Yes everyone, which leads me to our next first.

The community meal was the first to have such a diverse sampling of residents. Mexicans, Americans, Cubans, African Americans, Russians, and beyond I'm sure. But it was not only diverse in culture, but equally diverse in age. Everything age group was accounted for from infant to grandparents.

Also, props to my (Metropolitan Family Services) supervisor at Davis Elementary who baked up 40+ bags of cookies to hand out to residents when we went door to door with invitations to the community meal. The arctic blast delayed bags from being handed out until after Christmas, but after the homicide it was a much needed warm gesture of love.

Our final first was the Womans Scrapbooking Club that Elena is leading up. There are many residents that are interested and is an awesome opportunity for connecting, sharing life, loving each other, and building community! The plan is for it to be the first Sunday afternoon of each month.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A reality check!

As the year starting winding down and the anticipations for a new year and new adventure began to build an event took place that caused for a serious reality check in my life. As you may have seen on the news at around 8:00pm 12-31-08 a man was shot and killed at Barberry Village apt. This is the place we have chosen to make our home. A place were we ask others to come and serve the Lord, and his children on a weekly basis. Why do we do this? Well, it is so that some day lord willing we will no longer hear of Rockwood being the ghetto, the place were it is common place for a man to be shot! Last night as I stood at the police tape unable to drive my car out of our complex because it would cross the crime scene I was reminded, I am not here to sleep, eat and be merry. I am at Barberry because people need Jesus and they need to learn his love for life. I do not know what the next month may hold or what the dynamics of our meal this Sunday will be in lew of this murder but, I do know that Christ died for that man regardless of what his life style was! I pray that we can show an example of Christ to our neighbors and be a witness in this un-certain time.