We had a great weekend - Lauren's birthday and Moody's Service in the City were awesome!
On Friday night, we drove around Chicago using Lauren's birthday coupons good for free stuff - free dinner, dessert, and coffee! On Saturday we got up early and headed for Moody. There we met up with our service team and went to Sunshine Gospel Mission. We got a tour of the facility - the mission offers tutoring, after-school care, awana, an entrepreneurial program for teens, a computer room with free internet access and free computer classes. They're doing construction to have low-cost apartments built above the mission and adding on a cafe'.
The mission sent about 20 of us Moody students to different areas in the Woodlawn neighborhood to survey people on the street about their neighborhood and technology needs. We also gave out hot chocolate and cookies. For some it was an opportunity to share the gospel and encourage Woodlawn residents to attend a local church. We experienced some things that were very encouraging and some things that were rather heartbreaking.
In the evening, we gathered with all the other Moody students who had gone off to do other service projects - about 225 people! Each team presented what they'd done that day - some student experienced a life-changing day and were blessed to tell several people about Jesus and who accepted Him as their savior!
On Sunday, we witnessed 5 people be baptized at church - it was a joyous event that lasted the whole service! Micah then took Lauren out for a fabulous lunch downtown where they also walked to Navy Pier.
It was a busy, but a wonderful weekend!
(Pictures to come!)