For Day 3 of Elevate’s Missions Road Trip we traveled to the heart of Wilmington, Delaware to serve at Sunday Breakfast Mission. Sunday Breakfast Mission is a homeless shelter that has been serving and discipling countless people in Wilmington for over a century. (For those of you at the church who have participated in LNC’s Thanksgiving Box Giveaway, this is the organization that we partner with to get the food boxes).
When we arrived we joined the residents on the women and children’s side for lunch. After lunch we were given a tour of the whole facility, and the students were given big picture view of some of the many ministries that SBM does.
Today we worked specifically on the women’s side, so after the tour the team worked on giving a deep cleaning to the many chairs and tables in the gym. And then they cleaned the floors and walls of the gym. When we had finished with that we then cleaned the walls in all of the hallways on all 3 floors.
After a short break the children’s director asked us to come up with a creative way to tell a bible story to the kids at the shelter using sheets and markers and paints. The students chose to do the parable of the Prodigal Son, and we worked together to work on a storyboard outline and then divided into pairs to work on each sheet. All of the students did a great job and it was neat to see their creativity come out.
We were also asked to lead their evening chapel for the residents and evening guests. So, after dinner we worked on what we were going to do for that evening’s chapel. We had students lead worship, lead in prayer, and read scripture. Then I (Pastor Derek) gave the message. A special thing from that service is that one of our students debuted on the piano by playing with us in worship for the first time.
After chapel we helped set up for the evening festivities that they had planned for the resident kids. To kick off the evening activities we then performed our telling the “the prodigal son” for the kids. After our performance we hung out and played with the kids and ate unhealthy snack food with them.
Sunday Breakfast Mission is an amazing ministry and our team has been blessed with the experience of being able to be a part of it as we worked along with the residents, shared meals with them, played with their kids, and stay at the mission ourselves.
Please continue to be in prayer as we finish up here in the morning and head out to our final location for MRT 17.
Sorry about the lack of pictures in today’s recap, but reception is not great where we are staying.