Today was our last day of work here at Ridglea Christian Church. We started the day by working in the Learning Garden (a large garden with a wide variety of gardening and bed styles that is designed as a space where people can learn how to garden in their own unique spaces within their own budgets). Our work included staining a fence, watering, and harvesting eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil and chard. Then we cleaned the produce and delivered it (29 pounds!) to West Aid.
After lunch we finished painting the youth room and wrote notes to the guests who will stay at Room In the Inn. We also decorated a ceiling tile to mark our group’s presence at Ridglea! The rest of our work was focused on cleaning up the church so that we are ready to go home tomorrow.
Dinner was deep dish pizzas with our choices of toppings (including leftovers from throughout the week). Allison, Brenda and Nate joined us for dinner and we all had a great time eating and laughing. After dinner, we took showers at TCU and then headed to Steel City Pops for gourmet popsicles. Our debrief and prayer partner sharing for the day took place while we enjoyed those delicious pops!
We’ve packed our stuff and now we’re heading to bed. It’s been a truly wonderful week and everyone is a bit sad to see it end. Tomorrow we’ll drive home and, hopefully, in the weeks to come we will start implementing some of the things we’ve learned in our own communities.