Wesley in Atlanta: Day 3!
Tuesday March 10, 20 15 - This morning the Wesley Clan had to break in to two groups as we headed to Loaves and Fishes and Action Ministries. My group had the opportunity to serve lunch at Action Ministries, a nonprofit that offers services to underprivileged women and children in the Atlanta area. We helped women from a local church prepare lunch, which included corn, spaghetti, salad, grilled cheese, and bread. Once 11:00 rolled around, guests from the community began to arrive. As they found a seat, we greeted them with a plate full of food and took their drink orders. It was such a humbling experience to be able to give these women a dining experience like in a restaurant. After serving these ladies and the group from UNC-Greensboro (one of three other groups from NC in Atlanta this week), we joined for lunch and had the chance to engage in conversation. The highlight of the day, for me, came in the afternoon once the whole gang was reunited at MedShare. Here, we had the great honor to spend time with Dr. Bayor who came to America from Ghana. MedShare works kind of like a food bank for medical supplies. The warehouse is the size of about two Costcos or maybe the first and second floor of Ikea, and is stocked from floor to ceiling with medical equipment, supplies, and machinery. This is a remarkable amount of medical equipment, but what’s even more incredible is that all of it would have ended up in a landfill if MedShare hadn’t partnered with hospitals and doctors around the country. MedShare receives donations by palette and works with the help of volunteers to sort and package these medical supplies to be sent to 96 different countries around the world. During the short time we got to spend there, we were able to package 63 boxes to be sent out later this month. I, alone, can say that at least 5 of the boxes contained catheters. This was particularly moving because earlier Dr. Bayor told us a story about one of the partner hospitals in Africa that had ONE catheter for the entire patient population. Although we couldn’t see the immediate affect that the equipment had for doctor and patients, we know that those boxes each have the potential to save multiple lives. As another day on the farm comes to a close, I feel reminded of God’s presence in my life and in our work team this week. Each night we have been asked to reflect on our day, and tonight I am grateful for the relationships that I’ve made this week. It’s been so wonderful to grow closer to this work team and share this experience of growing and serving with them. I’m ready to see what the rest of this week has in store for our team and how we will continue to leave our mark here in Atlanta.