Today was our second day in St. Louis. We spent the morning putting together kits for new Moms. We decorated gift bags filled with baby wipes, lotion, shampoo, Dreft detergent, and a tiny wash cloth. Each kit cost $10 and we raised enough money for 110 kits. During Team Time, we talked about the book we read last night, “The Streets are Free” because it talked about a kids and a community coming together to make a playground.
Our devotion was a game where each one of us had to find a baggie hidden in the house. The baggies had words for our mission verse that we had to put together. Our verse is “Your Word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey” Psalm 119:105.
Then we went to Cherokee street and had lunch at a Mexican restaurant. There were tacos and ice cream but sadly we did not get ice cream. We walked to Bridge Bread. Bridge Bread is a bakery where they sell yummy cinnamon rolls and breads. The bakers are people that were homeless and didn’t have hope in their future. One baker’s story that really touched me was that thought he would be living the rest of his life in an air conditioning unit on top of a hotel. He now has a job and a place to live. We took mini cinni’s and water bottles up and down Cherokee street giving them out for free. Some people were really excited and some thought they had to pay. When we told them they were free, they were really surprised. We passed out minis and water and picked up trash at their community park called Love Bank. That was a lot like the park from our book.
After Cherokee Street, we went back to Rutger House and then went to the City Museum. The City Museum was a really fun place. It had all these super fun slides and they had an outdoor climbing playground that I was too scared to go up high on but lots of the other kids did. They had caves and tunnels you could go through and explore and it was really fun. I loved climbing with my friends – not just the girls but with the boys as well. We ate pizza and chocolate chip cookies and soda or water. After exploring the caves more, we went back to the Rutger House.
After devotion and team time, we were all super tired and went to bed.