What if…? Bus Stop Breakfast Buffet
As part of our Incarnational Action strategy our church does regular events at West St. Tammany’s largest mobile home park. Our resident missionaries at the park, Mauricio and Rebecca Hance, came up with a great idea of having hot chocolate and breakfast snacks at the bus stop for the 40+ kids that catch the bus there.
Cost: $50 or so. And food is a great conversation starter even for the skeptical. Read Mauricio’s recent post about the experience here.
What if every multi-housing complex had a Bus Stop Breakfast Buffet once per month? Could your small group or Sunday School class or family adopt a complex? Other ideas?
Posted on February 1, 2012, in Idea Bank, What if.... Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Pastor Lane, my deceased mother started a bus stop ministry over 15 years ago on the corner of 30th Avenue and Harrison in the West 30’s. She opened her house to children whose mothers who had to go to work before the bus arrived. One even came so early that he went back to sleep. About 10 minutes before the bus arrived, the kids started congregating at her front door. Most of these kids were eligible for free breakfast so there was not need to feed them physically but what she did was feed them spiritually before they got on that bus. She gathered them together, prayed and taught them scriptures concerning who they were in Christ. They also had a theme song that they song every morning: “I am somebody, I am a prince (princess). My father is King. I can be all things, I can do all things. I know how to behave on the bus and in the classroom, I am somebody”.
My mother sometimes added different words that applied to situations that the children were encountering. The bus drivers often told her that her children were the best behaved kids on the route.
Those kids still remember their “song”.
Love it Frances! And you are continuing her legacy of making a difference in the West 30’s and Covington. Thanks for your work and partnership. Is there a place in the West 30’s where the kids congregate before school now?
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