We've had an enjoyable day today cleaning up the church, packing up, and doing some sightseeing around San Antonio: we went to the Alamo and Market Square (the Mexican Market). Tonight we will get dressed up for dinner, celebrate Haley and Amy's birthdays with pinatas, have an open mic/coffeehouse, and our final worship service of the trip.
It's been a wonderful trip and we look forward to continuing to process it and sharing our experiences with the congregation at the Youth Service on Sunday, March 25 at 9:00 and 11:00.
We'll leave you with a few short reflections/quotes from members of the youth group about various experiences from the week.
"The people in San Antonio are remarkably more friendly and outgoing than Bostonians. It's probably the warm weather."
"Everyone is so hospitable and welcoming, it was easy to feel right at home in the church."
"I think our positive attitudes letu s take in the beauty of San Antonio and the people who are so welcoming and life-changing."
"Between our huddle with a 1-2-3, FOOD BANK, seeing Inspector Gillette with her clipboard, and the dive for the bag of donuts, I think we all enjoyed our time at the San Antonio Food Bank. But not only did we have fun, we accomplished something quanifiable: 1700 people will be fed for a week. "
"I'm beginning to think we are in Mexico. There is a huge Hispanic population and Spanish is spoken and written everywhere."
"The similarities to Mexico are numerous but it is fun to adapt to this different culture."
"The first thing I noticed when I got here was how open-minded the people are."
"While building a ramp for a wheelchair-bound woman, a next door neighbor came over. He said, "It's great to see young people being so productive."
"The Catholic Worker House is certainly the site with the most personality. I feel like I have been thrown into the middle of a movie or a novel. All of the people here are such interesting individuals, they should all be commemorated."
"I was shocked at how appreciative the family we helped was."