About one Saturday each month, a group of students and a couple teachers head to Rosebud for the day. When we get to the church we use, we clean it as a "thank you" for letting us use their space. A few vans go out to different areas and pick up groups of kids. We spend the next hour playing with the kids. We have been blessed with wonderful weather. When it is nice, the kids love playing tag, jump rope, drawing with sidewalk chalk, soccer, and about any ball game we bring up. The afternoon is filled with giggles. Then we head inside the church for a short Bible lesson and worship songs. We've been using VBS material so we have a theme for each Saturday. We use that theme to design a craft for the kids to do. After the craft, we feed them supper. Nachos has been the favorite lately. After supper, they play games until it is time to pack up and leave.
It's a full packed day with about 8 hours in the car, but it is so worth it. To see where these kids come from and then to see the joy on there faces make it all worth it. Our students are affected more than they anticipate as well. We often take many things for granted and choose to complain, but spending the day in Rosebud can shift their perspective, fill them with love, and make them grateful for the simplest things.