“Life has changed
quickly for me over the past two weeks. I have gone from spending most
of my time socializing with friends and sorority sisters to working 11
hours a day.
“Most days I am awake and leaving
for the mission by around 7:45. At 8 we have a devotional in the front
room of the mission. This is the room where people come and begin the
process of receiving assistance from the mission. They enter, sign a
waiting list, and then fill out some forms with some general
information that we need. Then they speak to a volunteer or staff
member and tell them what they came to the mission for that day,
whether it is clothes, household items, food, furniture, or a
combination of all of the above. The staff member then fills out a
voucher that lists what they are looking for and they then proceed to
go to our clothing room, housewares room and food pantry.
is amazing to hear the stories of all the people who come to the
mission and find exactly what they need, both spiritually and
physically. It is also amazing to see how at the same time that people
are coming through and emptying out our various areas, daily donations
from the people of Arlington are filling them right back up.
spend the majority of my days ‘out back,’ where the donations are
dropped off. We call it the carport. Cars pull up, we unload their
items into bins, and then we sort them out – clothes, household items
and food. We also recycle cloth, metal, and cardboard/paper. Besides
lunch and the occasional water breaks, I am outside sorting through
boxes, bags and bins, and talking to our volunteers.
neat part of working at the mission is that I get to talk to these
volunteers and share with them the heart of the mission and why I have
chosen to work here. I also get to encourage them and provide them with
a friendly face. It is easily one of my favorite parts of the day.
are a few days during the week that I leave the carport though, and
when I do it is to go to a Bible study or after-school program.
Currently, I am helping at an apartment complex that needed an extra
worker, while one is on maternity leave. I am there Sunday mornings for
church, Monday and Friday for an after-school program, and Wednesday
for a youth Bible study. So far, I have loved getting to know the kids
and just having fun with them. They have a lot of joy and a lot of
energy and I am so excited about spending this time teaching them and
loving on them.
“Hopefully, now you have a
slightly better idea of what my days at the mission are filled with. It
is hard work, and my body is having to adjust to the physical labor,
but it is also incredibly rewarding. One of the things I discovered
while serving as a summer missionary at Mission Arlington is that the
more of myself I poured out to serve others, the more God filled me up
with His love and blessings. I may be tired at the end of every day,
but it is the good kind of tired. It’s the kind of tired that let’s you
know you are doing something that matters and that is helping others.
“Thank you also for all the love, encouragement, and prayers.”
With love from Arlington,