Monday, April 13, 2009

Harvest Hands CDC

Today, I want to share with you one way I get outside the bubble. I like to get out for fun (live music), for adventure (hikes) but mostly in service to others. In South Nashville, near the State Fairgrounds and Wedgewood Houston community, there is a growing community development group called Harvest Hands. My daughter(13) and I volunteer there every Monday afternoon for an after school tutoring program. No two weeks are the same. The kids that attend are so beautiful and open. Devotion can sometimes be an adventure when some tricky questions get asked. Some of these kids come from broken homes, some deal with a home life that which we in Brentwood have never dreamed. Yet, there are families that are whole and happy but struggling financially in this new country of theirs. Either way, I learn something new every time I am there. Each face lights up when my daughter is chasing them on the playground. Each face lights up with pride when praised for homework well done. Being with them and being part of their lives has changed the way I see the world around me. My political views are affected and my awareness of racisim and bigotry has quadrupled. I desire to be a better person and I believe as I reach out to them that they can help me with that goal. Check out their website and see if this is a partnership you may be interested in investing. It's a partnership of love, acceptance, patience, and joy.

1 comment:

  1. This is very cool Big SIS!! I am very proud of how you and Dave encourage your daughters to reach out and help others. While it is good for them to help others, they are probably the ones gaining more than anyone from that experience.