Philly Trip Day 7

Day 7: Thanks to the Rocket Cat Cafe, I am able to come to post an unprecedented two days in a row!

Recap of Day 6; We had another day of football camp. It was another beautiful day outside, and it was really fun. We had another big turnout, and it is fun to recognize so many kids, but still see so many new kids as well.

After camp and a quick dinner (Pizza and Mt. Dew, AMEN!) we returned to the same place we had our hot dog dinner, for a homeless coffee house. We had coffee and cake ready for anyone who was interested, and live entertainment was provided by a few of the Greenville team.

Travis Wheat (lead singer of 8 Second Ride) proved some country tunes that the listeners seemed to really enjoy. After that, Ray Toliver and Alex "Bama" Holmes changed it up a little bit with some Philly inspired freestyles. Then DJ David Butler got the crowd on their feet with The Cha Cha Slide, The Macarena, and many others. Even Coach Hehman attempted to dance. Heavy emphasis on attempted.

It was a great time and we had an opportunity to talk to a lot of people and continue to build on the relationships we were making, and show them the love of Christ.

After that we came back to the church for a time of prayer and worship. When it ended, we all thought we were going to shower and go to bed, but Trish our group leader had a surprise for us. She told us that we would be able to sleep in Thursday morning until 10am. The crowd went wild. But there was a catch. We were not going to bed, but we were going back out to the streets to continue to minister to the people of the area. She said "I know you guys are drained, and you feel that you have nothing left to give. That is exactly where you need to be. That is when the Spirit can work best through you, when you feel that you have nothing left to give."

Most of us walked down to Needles Park, as we were expecting to find many users in the park. When we got to the park, it was empty. Not a single person in the park. The park where we were told each night is littered with people selling and using drugs. But the park was empty. It was really encouraging to see that, and we really felt that we were making an impact on the area.

We all made it back at around 2am very thankful for our ability to sleep in.

When I woke up this morning I had a voicemail from Doug Shimel from NBC News in Philly. He is interested in doing a story on us. We have been talking to him this morning and hopefully something will work out and he could do a story on what is going on here. Pray that it works out.

Today we are doing another day of camp. It might rain, and if it does we will be having camp in Cornerstone Community Church. That will be interesting with 80 kids and 25 players... Pray for sun.

This evening we are going to hang out at the teen bible study at Cornerstone. It will be a good time to hang out with some more kids from the community and get to know them. After that we are going to do worship at "The Rocky Steps", the front steps of the Philly Art Museum made famous in the Rocky movies. That will be sweet. We will run them several times I'm sure.

Until the next post, pray for energy as we are in the last stretch.


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