Block Parties and Bad Puns

And with some delicious, authentic tacos from a grocery store on the East side of Indy and Italian Ice on the canal (10/10), our Fri(y)ay and the week at Shepherd is quickly approaching an end. We apologIMG_6670ize for the lack of updates on our work here at Shepherd’s Community, but hopefully, I can relay four days’ worth of activities in a relatively short blog post. Here are some highlights:

            During the mornings, we continued to work with Horizon Christian Academy in the classroom and in the kitchen preparing meals for the students. We were usually placed with 3 & 4 year-olds (a personal favorite) and 2nd graders, helping them with classwork and running around with them during recess. Tuesday we had a special assembly where Glen Robinson III from the Pacers came and spoke to the kids and donated sports equipment to the Academy. For those of you who are as clueless as I am about NBA basketball, he won a slam dunk contest which, apparently, is a pretty big deal. Needless to say, the kids were very excited. Today was their last day before their Spring Break, so we helped hand out food packages to the kids for the week. Energy levels were at an all-time high, even our team with the help of a couple cups (gallons) of Folgers coffee.IMG_6142

            Afternoons were dedicated to work-projects, whether it was clean up around Shepherd or working at a house of a family in the community. Tuesday, we made encouragement goodies for a local public school for kids taking the ISTEP, complete with Rolo chocolates and really bad puns. Wednesday was a little different since Shepherd hosted a giant Spring Break Block Party for the neighborhood. We began with canvassing the neighborhood, inviting people to the party, with different staff members and the IMPD. Admittedly, many of our team members were uncomfortable and nervous about walking around the neighborhood with the police officers, but the experience was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience, and one of our most memorable moments of the trip. At the black party, we partnered with Gleaner’s Food Bank to hand out groceries to the families who attended. On Thursday, we helped clean and replace gutters at a local man’s house, and today, Friday, we cleaned trash from around the church and helped close the school for Spring Break.

Some things you can be praying for us on our last days here would be:

  1. Time to process all we’ve been learning and experiencing here at Shepherd
  2. Energy, sleep and no more sickness!

Thank you for all your prayers, and sorry once again for the late update!

Writer: JoHannah Lindsay

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