Listening and Learning

Today was a good day to listen. In the morning we went to Mass at St. Rita’s and then were invited to service afterward by the African Refuges that attend St. Rita’s for church. There were people from Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, all of whom came to the area as refugee, some as recently as 3 months ago.  Each Sunday after Mass they gather read the readings in their own language and discuss what it means to them. The gathering was translated into both Swahili and Kinyarwanda.  It was an honor to be a part of their service and to hear their stories and their reflections.

After the service we went to meet one of the families that we will be working for this week. We will be painting inside their house, so some of the group accompanied the family owner to Home Depot to pick out paint colors. While they were doing that, the rest of the group went to check out our other site for the week. Both sites will be great places to work with great people.

We had a wonderful meal together. Tonight’s menu was tacos and green beans with scrambled eggs. Yes you read that right green beans and scrambled eggs, a delicacy brought to us from Iowa : )

For reflection tonight we watched the movie “The Way” about a man’s pilgrimage on the Camino. One of our Aurora PVs did this pilgrimage last year so he was able to share his own experience. After we did the good ol’ New and Good to talk about our day.

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Our movie set up is pretty cool…

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