Whew, what a day! After travelling over 450 miles, we finally made it to Urban Hope! We only had a couple stops along the way (8) but who’s counting? We are here in Philadelphia, excited for the week ahead.
Our day started early, and at 7:30 the Pastoral Staff at Grace prayed with our team before sending us off on the road. All the students seemed a bit tired, but definitely ready for the day ahead. After all, who doesn’t love listening to and singing Silly Songs with Larry, eating Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Chipotle, and waving at passing cars as we inch along through Pennsylvania’s great construction zones? Everyone had a great time, but once we finally arrived in Philly, the fun truly started.
We arrived at Urban Hope a bit after 7, and we grabbed our stuff and headed into the Urban Hope Church for some orientation. Urban Hope’s staff taught us a bit about the neighborhood, (around 800-1000 people per block, and over 350 kids who attended their last kids camp 2 weeks ago.) Then they asked for volunteers for various jobs throughout the day camp, and all the students jumped right on board. The Urban Hope staff were happy they did not have to beg anyone to take a job (students even volunteered to clean the bathrooms!) After finishing up with some crafts and decorations for the kids camp and the park ministries, the students got settled into their rooms and are headed off to sleep, I hope!
Thank you again for your continued prayer and support. Please pray that tomorrow would be uplifting as well as eye-opening. The day camp starts tomorrow morning and our students will be jumping right in. Pray that God will be moving in the hearts of the kids who attend the camp, and that He will also be working in the minds and hearts of the students as they serve all day tomorrow. It is going to be a crazy, exciting, fun day tomorrow, and our students proved today they are already up for the challenge!