On Sunday we Dedmons (Steve, Tonya, Emily-8 and Sam-4) went down to help serve with Urban Purpose. All of the last week we had been on a vacation in Disney World and this was a good opportunity for us to be able to contrast for the kids where we had just been with how the people at Urban Purpose live.
As soon as we got there Sam took over the cooler and was handing out water bottles like a champ, with Tonya and Emily assisting. Steve and Seth Clark met a guy who had a bag of aluminum cans and talked with him while he ate. His story was pretty typical of what you hear from a lot of folks down there: needs work, moves around town staying at different places, etc. I was impressed that this man was trying to do whatever he could to make some money by picking up aluminum cans — he can sell them for $0.70/lb right now, and it takes about 30 12-oz cans to make a pound. He said he used to sell plasma but due to the cuts on his arm they had rejected him until he heals. We got to pray with him, and his main request was that he find some work, and that his mom would be able to locate his ID.
As we were leaving, Sam and Steve went over and visited with the guy and his 5 dogs.
On the way home we talked with the kids about the people at the meal. Someone had pointed out to Emily that some of the people lived in an abandoned building close by, and she asked if they “had lights there?”. When she realized they didn’t have any lights, it sort of sunk in that these people would not be going to Disney World like we did.
It was an enlightening day for our children and an honor to serve with Urban Purpose, and we’ll be back soon!