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.
We kicked off the PV Aurora Week helping with Hesed House’s annual fundraiser Hike for Hesed. A dedicated few got up really early to head to the site to help with final setup. There has been so rains over the past few days and part of the planned path was flooded over so the route had to be changed. The PVs were assigned parts out on the trail to help guide and encourage the participants on their walk. It was a lot of fun and ended up being a successful day for Hesed House. A lot of people will be helped with the monies raised.
In the evening we gathered for our commissioning service to officially kick off the week. Following a true community dinner (everyone had a part in chopping) we watched a movie called The Public about a group of homeless that seek out shelter in Cincinnati’s Public Library. We all enjoyed it and highly recommend it. It is available on most digital platforms.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 7th PV Service Week in Aurora, IL outside of Chicago. We are looking forward to a great week of service, community and reflection. If you are joining us we can’t wait to see you. If you aren’t able to be a part of it, please follow along with us each day and send lots of love, prayers and some of that good PV mojo to the volunteers for a fantastic week!