Hey! We’re finally able to update you all with what has been going on with our mission trip to South Chicagoland. For the first few days we have had internet issues, but starting now you should be able to be updated each morning of the trip. Here’s a rundown of what has happened so far…
After traveling we started our trip with authentic Chicago style pizza just to get in the “head” of a typical chicagoan. Not only did it help us, but it tasted great too. Then we arrived at First Baptist Church Tinley Park and met our host for the week Pastor Dale Thompson, his wife Rebecca, and their 11 month old son, Toby. We got unpacked and began to prepare for Monday’s VBS kickoff.
We spent monday morning working out the details for VBS and at 11:30 our first child arrived! We had taken flyers to some of the surrounding neighborhoods and a grandmother who had received one on her doorstep decided to bring her granddaughter to VBS. The numbers were not as high as we had hoped, but the kids were enthusiastic and excited about the day. After eating a wonderful meal prepared by our crack team of cooks, we headed off for our first shower of the trip. (and boy did we need it!) We are showering at LA Fitness. We had to joke and say that many of us do not look like the well sculpted clientele they are used to, but it is a great facility that works really well for getting us all in out out very quickly. After late night popcorn we headed off to catch a few hours of sleep before it all began again.
Our VBS numbers increased by 80% today! One class grew by 50% another by 100%! God is so Good! Once again we spent the morning taking flyers to new neighborhoods and then had VBS in the afternoon. We were supposed to serve at an outdoor soup kitchen but because of weather we were forced to change plans. Instead, we ate in downtown chicago and then spent a little time sightseeing along the miracle mile. We ended the night with Culver’s Frozen Custard. (don’t come on mission expecting to lose weight)
Here are a few pictures from the week so far…
Tomorrow we begin our construction projects so please pray for safety.
Have a Great Day!