Freedom Park & Hope Church -Alison
Things have been super busy here, but I have loved every minute of it.
Since my last post, I have been spending a majority of my time at the elementary school. I am having so much fun getting to know the kids. They are really interested in the United States and what it is like there. The other week, I had my dad build a snowman at home and take a picture for me. I showed it to the kids at school and they went crazy for it! One little boy even asked me how much I was selling the picture for. Too cute. When I’m not working at the school I am busy doing other Children’s Ministry projects for Hope Church or spending time at the shelter with the kids. I think it’s safe to say that these kids have my heart.
I have been enjoying getting to know Abby, Jeff and Beth more. I have been able to have some really good conversations with Jeff and Abby about my faith, where I’m at in my walk with God, and how to improve my relationship. I have also really enjoyed the Bible study I’ve been attending. It has helped to open my eyes to barriers in my relationship with God that I’m working on removing. Each day I can feel myself get a little closer and going a little deeper with Him, which is exactly what I’ve needed. I have also loved spending time with Beth. She is a lot of fun, and always keeps me laughing. I really feel like I am a part of their family. It has been great.
I have also had the opportunity to get out to Freedom Park! Finally. As I’m sure you are well aware, the strikes are still going on, but thankfully things have been extremely quiet. After much prayer and consultation with my parents and Jeff, we felt that it was the right time for me to go out there. I was trying to explain my experiences out at Freedom Park to my family the other night and it was really hard. It was a completely overwhelming and eye-opening experience. It was extremely hard to see the conditions people are living in. You always hear about how horrible the living conditions are, but you really can’t believe it until you have seen it. As for Hope Church, I have really enjoyed being a part of the services. Just this past week I had the opportunity to teach the Bible lesson, which was great. The kids have been so welcoming towards me. The adults of Freedom Park are just as amazing as the kids. The thankfulness and the vast love that they have for the Lord, despite their circumstances, is amazing. You see it not only in the adults but the kids, as well. Everyone there is so faithful. It is truly inspiring. Hope Church is filled with wonderful people. Each time that I leave Freedom Park I am on the verge of tears. I am incredibly grateful for all the Lord has blessed me with, I feel sad for the circumstances that other people are living in, but I also feel hopeful that God will bless each and every one of the church members. Being able to attend Hope Church has been such a unique and changing experience. It is one that I will remember forever.