BBQ at T.B. Watkins

So…it was a little different this time around.

We went down to T.B. Watkins again (the government-funded housing community) with the possibility of taking a bunch of the youth from CCC again.  Tim and Jenn had made a trip to Costco yesterday for burgers and dogs so that part was prepared and ready to go.  However, we only had one person, Jeremy, join us- and actually he is a Freshman in college who just “happened” to come to church service that day after a 6 month break from Sundays.  Jeremy was meant to be with us today.

We get to the park and kids start trickling in right as we pull up in Big Buster.  Soon we have a swarm of children hanging on us and begging us to play with them.  Andy and Tim go to light the bbq, it lights, and then we run out of propane.  Oops.  So, Andy and Jeremy go on a 1 1/2 hour jaunt all over the city to find propane while the rest of us, me, Tim, and Jenn tame the wild children who are fascinated by the Big Buster.  One of them actually climbed up on top of our rig like a monkey.  My suspicion is that he was a distraction tactic so the rest of them could rush inside to see “the house on wheels”.

After quite a few games (or at least attempts) of “freeze tag”, “sharks and minnows”, and soccer, we decided to go ahead and start boiling the hot dogs inside the r.v.  Nice move.  Satisfied tummies at last!  Then Andy and Jeremy showed up with the propane and we were grillin’!  We served up ALL of our food!

The park looked like a tornado had hit it after 3 hours of eating and playing, so we did a clean sweep, gave “high fives” and hugs, peeled little children from Big Buster and bid farewell.  We were exhausted!

Ending note: With children, they need to know they are loved before they start listening.  With children who have very hard lives and are not necessarily loved at home, listening is the last thing on their radar.  These kids need a lot of love, they need boundaries, they need parents who care where they are, and on and on.  Please pray with us that the youth here at CCC can continue bringing the love of Jesus to these children.  They are marginalized, and often forgotten because of who they are and where they are from.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:26-27

Seren for MSM


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