After getting ready, we walked to a nearby neighborhood to hand out flyers for Family Game Day at Kingdom House. It was the Peabody neighborhood. It had a community garden that wasn’t fancy. There was a cat there and it looked like it had old stuff that people didn’t want like chairs. The playground was small and only for toddlers. There wasn’t a place for kids like me to play. There was only one very small grocery store and it mostly had junk food. Fresh produce cost a lot of money. The people we met on our walk were nice – they said hi and waved at us. Then we went to a neighborhood by Lafayette Park. It was just across the street. That was a very nice neighborhood. The community garden had lots of beautiful flowers and people had their own squares where they could plant anything they wanted. They also had a patio place where you could sit and just talk with your friends. That neighborhood had a lot of stores and they even had one that had dog store with everything you need to keep your dog healthy. Everyone we ran into was nice just like the people in the other neighborhood. They had a very, very big park with a really big playground for toddlers and older kids like us. They also had bigger places to live than the people in the Peabody neighborhood. We learned that no matter what kind of neighborhood you live in, people want the same things – stores to get food and a safe place to live. And all the people we met were nice.
We walked back to Rutger House for Team Time in the park across the street. For Team Time, we took a ball of string and everyone was in a circle. Julie started with the string and she would say something that she liked. She would hold the string and throw the ball of string that also liked the same thing. It went on and on and looked like a spider web. Then we got to untangle it.
We went back to the house and made a sack lunch and packed everything into the vans. We vacuumed, mop, dusted, and cleaned all the bathrooms and the kitchens. Everyone had a job – nobody could just be sit around.
We left and had a good and safe drive home. I can’t wait to go on another mission trip!
By Tessa Ruhnke