Posted on in Christian Education Blog by The Rev. David Marshall
Saying “good-bye” is never easy, regardless of whom we are saying it to. When someone enters our lives, our lives can be enriched, and many times we find that we can make a difference in each other’s lives and grow in our own journey of faith in doing so.
This weekend, we will say goodbye to our homeless friends in Tent City 3. They will be moving to a location in Tukwila. The three months that they have been at St. Dunstan’s have been a blessing in many ways. They have helped with our security, been available for several different types of work that we have needed, and always, they have been cheerful and grateful for their stay with us.
Hosting Tent City has also been a blessing to our young people. It has given them opportunities to do the work that God is calling them to do. Our youth have prepared meals for the residents on two occasions. The first time, it was just our group from St. Dunstan’s, and the second time, they were joined by the youth from four Methodist churches. The relationships that have developed between all the youth are something that will continue into the future. They want to continue to do things together in the months to come.
This Saturday is moving day for Tent City 3, and once again our young people will be involved. They will be spending Saturday helping the residents pack up tents and supplies and doing general cleanup work. Once again, it has provided an opportunity for other youth to be involved with ours. The young people from Northern Lights International Ministry Church in Bothell will be joining our youth in Saturday’s work. They too would like to build relationships with our youth and do things together. Adult members from their congregation will also be with us, working alongside all the youth.
Together, we can make a difference. We can all be proud of our young people. They are reaching out to each other and finding ways that they can bless the lives of others. In doing so, they are growing in their maturity and in their faith. God bless each and every one of them.
Mary E. Pacher