Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107 8-9 (NIV)
I am not a girly girl. I wear what’s comfortable, go without makeup and don’t spend much time on my hair. I get it cut every five weeks, but only because I once saw a woman with scary looking, long scraggly grey hair. I expected a wart on the end of her nose her hair looked so much like that of a witch. I know I can’t keep my hair from turning gray, but I can keep it from getting long and scraggly. Most of the time I keep it down, but when I am busy working at something, I pull it back into a ponytail. This weekend, was a pony tail weekend as we were on the move and most of it was working to cook lunch for our church members. Today, our March Guatemala mission team hosted a luncheon to raise funds and awareness about our trip. We wanted the meal to be similar to what we eat while in Guatemala so prepared chicken and yellow rice. On Friday, seven of us washed and cut up two cartons of chicken breasts. Then, we filled pots with water, added the chicken, a whole onion, a half of a seeded green pepper, a bottled of chicken bouillon, salt and pepper to each pot. We brought it all to a boil and left it to simmer until all the meat was cooked. After removing the onions and peppers, all the pots went into the church’s big commercial refrigerator. Yesterday, hair pulled back again, husband and I went with friends to the Flywheelers Show, a HUGE festival, tractor pulls and swap meet. Mid morning, my phone rang. Someone from church called to say that the refrigerator wasn’t working right. I was two hours away from church so there wasn’t anything I could do but pray and call someone else to go check on it. The chicken was okay, but a repairman had to come pump more freon into the system. Too many hot pots and a freon leak are not a good combination. Thankfully, we didn’t have to buy and cook more chicken. There are 21 of us going to Guatemala from our church and 20 showed up this morning to cook the rice and beans, make the salad, decorate the tables and the gym, brew tea and cut up donated desserts. When church was over, we had 320 people stay for lunch giving us the opportunity to tell them about our plans and how they can help us collect supplies and funds. The lunch raised almost $3,000 and some people said that they will donate more next week. After cleaning up, I was ready to go home, rest my aching feet and let my hair down! Still, I can’t think of a better way to spend my weekend. We fed our church members so they would help us go feed the children. We created more “friends” for the kids in Guatemala. And they need all the “friends” they can get.