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by Gracie Adamek
This week, 30 students and 5 leaders from iMPACT braved the cold and took the train down to Chicago to hand out blankets and other warm things to the homeless.
I loved this trip so much is because it’s always so humbling to step out of my comfort zone to pray with a stranger, ask their name, ask their story and to give them something that I think we all take for granted too often. I’ll admit that I really wanted something to happen to me that would break me down or change my life or something like that.
So as the day is almost half over, I started to think that maybe that wasn’t gonna happen this year. Maybe God just wanted me to be humbled by seeing that I really am blessed with so much. But then again, God does big things when we least expect them.
A few of my friends and I had just finished eating lunch and we just wanted to stop by the Starbucks next door before returning to our mission. As we were crossing the street, my eye was caught by a man who looked worn, tired and, well, cold! So we decided to stop and talk and see if we had something he needed.
We found out that his name was David, and he had a 47-year-old daughter named Michelle who was living with him on the streets. We gave them the blankets, hats and socks that we had and they were so grateful. But what they were even more grateful for was the fact that we stopped and talked. We learned that they had been evicted from many apartments in the projects and that Michelle really missed her daughter who died from a seizure when she was twelve.
Michelle told us that we had just missed her daughter’s birthday and that she would have been twenty-one. As our hearts broke, we asked if we could pray with her and we gathered around. David yelled, “Wait!! I wanna pray too! I need Jesus too!” We all agreed, so right there, in front of a busy Starbucks, we grasped hands and prayed to our beautiful Savior. Michelle cried her eyes out the whole time because she just couldn’t believe we would do something so simple for her.
When it was all over, none of us could even speak. Humbled is an understatement. There were so many other memories made on that trip, ones I will cherish forever! But the thing that really sticks out to me is the reminder that real life begins at the end of our comfort zones. God can only do so much with a sedentary heart. So let’s step out, and let God take us to places we’ve never even dreamed of!
Gracie Adamek is a senior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100 percent through this!