Did you know that 1.1 million children in Texas are food insecure? Food insure means that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s 1/3 the population of the state of Arkansas. I’m sure the percentages are the same here in Arkansas too. Today, at the Arkansas Food Bank, 58 people worked three hours each at $20 an hour. That’s $3480 that the AFB can spend on food for people instead of labor. Not only that, the kids worked their tails off! They processed everything, then the men reset the room and we did more. Frank and Sam, the men who helped us, told me that they had never had a better group of any kind show up to work there. They were impressed and they were very thankful. I am too!
After a boxed lunch from the Dempsey Bakery in Little Rock, we hit a Walmart so everyone could pick up a thing or two, then we made our way to Briarwood, a very nice assisted living center. The kids did a wonderful job there too. I was afraid that the crowd would be a little sparse, since they listed it as a “Billy Bob Music Performance”. Not sure I’d attend that, but they did come out!
We visited the same mall for supper and went to Our House. This homeless facility is doing things right. They are the only such facility in Arkansas that can actually house homeless single fathers with their children. They have an education center and they are passionate about getting people back on their feet! The concert was wonderful, even though the crowd was a small. There were several folks up the hill in the “smoking section” that were listening too. Some of the kids made their way up to “make friends” with them as well. And of course, they had Chris Roberts with them…
As I am writing this, we are on the bus heading to Harrison, where we will be the next few days. We are going to get a good look at the Natural State starting tomorrow. Pray for rest and for us to to be open to the Lord as He reveals Himself to us through the beauty of this state.
Peace and love,