Saturday Breakfast at The Campbell House has been going great but with the remodeling getting ready to start this is going to be a dangerous site for kids to be hanging out. With that in mind, we have decided to move the breakfast for a few months to a public housing project that is just down the road from The Campbell House. The name of this community is Indian Village and many of the kids that live here have already been walking down for the free breakfast so we think this is going to be a great location. Indian Village has a community center that we can use and it has a kitchen and a/c! It will serve as a great space for us to serve our neighbors in.
We had our first breakfast there on Saturday, July 7 and it went great! The morning started off a little choppy as we had to acclimate to our new space and deal with 100° weather but we found our rhythm and our friends started pouring in and there were a lot of new faces too! Word of biscuits and gravy must really be getting around. We wouldn’t have blamed the neighborhood families for not coming out in that awful heat but we are glad that so many showed up to hang out with us. I, for one, can’t wait to get to know each and every one of those new faces on a more personal level.
As our friends were eating breakfast and trying to beat the early afternoon heat, a few of our new friends Promise (age 2), her sister Alanjah (age 8), and a few of their friends broke out their nail polish and files and started a manicure party! They were very generous with their polishes and even painted some of the volunteer’s nails. These sweet girls were such a blessing to hang out with and definitely brought a smile to many faces.
After the tremendous wind storm and power outages the prior weekend, we also had to deal with the loss of power in the homes of our volunteers and neighborhood friends. Fortunately, we saw many of them come out and join us despite the difficulties facing them at home. The endurance that is being shown in our volunteers and even our neighborhood friends is so encouraging. God promises us great things in exchange for endurance in doing good things for Him, and braving the heat certainly brought out the endurance in many of us.
There is no telling what the rest of the summer may hold but one thing is for sure, God is doing great work in Southeast Roanoke and hopefully he will use each and every one of us to live out his plan for our friends and neighbors. Keep our new friends and old friends alike in your prayers this week and keep praying that God will continue blessing this ministry and blessing each of us with endurance. As Galatians 6:9 says: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”