This morning we helped at Angels Boutique Resale Shop. This store is run completely with one full time staff member and one part time. These two people have to keep the store organized, place products on the floor, help customers, accept donations, and organize those donations. They have some help with volunteers over the summer but in a couple weeks their volunteers will pretty much be gone and they will be on their own again. We were able to help organize their donations in the storage room so they can be found more easily and clean up the area in general. These kids are great organizers! (Don't let them fool you mom and dad!)
After lunch at the church we were pushed out of our comfort zones but a man from the Republic of the Congo. He was absolutely amazing. He taught us two songs in which we were able to play percussion instruments and sing his native language. We also were led through some dancing with his native music. We might not be able to move our hips like he could but we had a lot of fun trying!
We followed this up with a trip downtown to the arch and dinner at a local restaurant, Caleco's. After a devotional time, the kids are finishing the evening with some games and hopefully sleep soon!
The kids had great reflections from the day: serving others adds joy to their lives and brings them fulfillment they don't find in other ways AND they had great appreciation of learning from a man from another culture and they felt blessed by his presence.
A great day of gifts given and gifts received.