Mission Day Reflection
Have you ever walked into a room full of strangers staring blankly at you? As adults, whether you were scared or not, you probably had to manage it well. On April 25th a group of ten boys (ranging in age from 5 – 12) did just that and handled it with grace, humility, and a touch of sweet shyness. We had our first Early Release Mission Day during which the children spent the afternoon being present with some senior adults at the Williams Day Center through Senior Services. This is a day care center for senior adults mostly facing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Now imagine ten young boys with lots of energy face-to-face with a crowd of senior adults’ blank stares. These same boys, who at church were playing chase and running around excitedly, spent the afternoon with these adults talking, celebrating April birthdays, and playing games. These boys shared a little bit of love and attention with the senior adults and brightened their day. I saw God at work in the children’s gentle spirits and attempts to engage the adults in conversation. Hopefully this act stretched their comfort level and helped them see that they can share God’s love with everyone.
– Lee Ritchie