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Story City

Story City Day 3

By: Morgan Seech


Many people here walk their dogs, ride bikes, and continue in their daily routine of eat, sleep, work, repeat, and our mission team has had the privilege to engage and pray with the people of this broken city. Today, we again started off our day placing door hangers on the extended variety of homes in a typical California suburb, occasionally getting the opportunity to personally invite the residents of this community to Story City Church’s upcoming Easter event. We even prayed for a handful of people! After a few hours of this, we broke for a tasty lunch that satisfied every type of diet (including sugar-free and vegan). At the restaurant, we got the chance to invite our two servers to attend the Easter egg drop and the Sunday Easter service, both hosted by Story City Church.
 

Seeing the shock and delight in people’s faces after diminishing any trace of skepticism brought me incandescent happiness.


With full bellies and loads of Girl Scout cookies, our mission team headed out for a busy intersection to remind the community of their value. Typically, you try to avoid people with large, cardboard signs that have the word “free” plastered on it. However, when you're crossing the street and you have the choice to get free Girl Scout cookies or leave without a box, you take the cookies! All joking aside, today was the most impactful for me. Giving a box of cookies to someone with the explanation of, “Just because we care about you,” made not only the cookie recipient’s day but mine as well. Seeing the shock and delight in people’s faces after diminishing any trace of skepticism brought me incandescent happiness. It’s absolutely incredible to know that a mere box of cookies can change someone’s perspective about Christians or even get them into church, illuminating the path to a relationship with Christ.
 


By: Macy Butler

On the third day we got to give away Girl Scout cookies. A lot of teenagers were surprised about how everything we gave them was free: cookies, smiles, and love. 

This one guy had a turtle backpack and took two boxes of cookies. He was really funny! He had a lot of energy. He even helped us promote these events. His friends found out about it on Facebook Live!
 

And when the first person told me they would come, I thought WOW, Jesus can do really cool things through giving away Girl Scout cookies!
 

Another girl came asking about what we were giving away. After she heard cookies were free, she said, "No thanks--there are plenty of hungry and homeless people that need them." I really thought that was sweet of her.

When I talked to a lot of the people out there, they said they would come to the Easter Egg Hunt and maybe even to church. And when the first person told me they would come, I thought "WOW, Jesus can do really cool things through giving away Girl Scout cookies!"

 

Ashton Grieger