Whew! What a week.
Due to a full fledged ice storm in Alabama, the prisons were short of staff and closed the prisons for two days. This left a lot of volunteers sitting around in hotel rooms. Since we had a lot of free time and most of the local restaurants closed down, we decided to make supper for all of stranded volunteers. Utilizing only our bus mini-kitchen and hotel room accommodations, we were in for an adventure!
First, Matthias, Elizabeth and a couple of the volunteers ventured out in search of an open grocery store. Due to the ice even Walmart was shut down! Long story short, God directed them (through a wrong turn) to a Food World which was open. Relief! And after we got out with our groceries, they closed.
Then came the fun process of cooking. Between the hotel room and the bus it worked!
The Menu: Mexican!
Washing lettuce in the hotel room
Finding a open place with a plugin in the bus since the counters were full.
All the onions cut and ready for fajitas.
We cooked everything in our plug-in skillet, then moved the food to other dishes to keep warm while we cooked something else in the skillet. Basically, the skillet was going non-stop from beginning to end!
Matthias, our master-fajita maker, grilled all of the chicken on our George Foreman.
We had chicken, onion, pepper fajitas, rice, beans, lettuce, black bean salsa, olives, cheese sour cream, salsa, chips, tomatoes, with Ice cream, bananas, and M&Ms for dessert. Mm-mmmmm!
Ready for some food!?!
The volunteer crew:
Our family plus 22 guys.
Food, fellowship, and testimonies. What a delightful way to spend the day being 'iced-in'.
We continue to pray for the prison inmates as this week was quite disappointing for them. We were able to share two of our four prison services and saw the Lord really work in the hearts of the men during those times. What a blessing to take one day -- one opportunity -- at a time!
"Serve the Lord with gladness,
Come before His presence with singing."