On April 5, I particiated in Metro's community-wide service day titled “Beyond the Walls”. The day took a break from traditional church service, within the walls of the divine sanctuary, and stepped out into the community to truly exhibit God’s hands and feet. Of the several activities that took place in Washington, DC and the Hyattsville area, I served at the homeless feeding in Franklin Square Park.
Franklin Square Park is located between the 1300 and 1400 blocks of K and I streets in Northwest, DC, and has become a common ground for the homeless to spend time. About 30 Metro members gathered in this area to bring these park guests spiritual uplift, prayer, and a nice hot meal. When we arrived, we began setting up tables to organize the pots of hot food, water, serving dishes, and spiritual books. Even during setup, the park guests were anxious to begin being served. One woman, who was enjoying a bag of chips, walked up to the table asking if soup would be served. She was very happy to find out that it would.
After the set up of tables and food was finished, we instructed the park individuals participating in the feeding to form a line. They happily obliged and were fed rice, curry soup, stew, and salad, accompanied by a bottle of water, a Steps to Christ devotional book, and a card with the church’s contact information on it. They were grateful, exchanging “thank yous” and “God bless yous” after being fed.
The activity did not stop here however. Once the line began to die down at the park, some members packed reusable bags with dishes of food to share with those who weren't at the park. They visited the homeless at Metro stations, close-by parks, and even outside the White House lawn. As anticipated, most recipients were grateful and humbly accepted the meals.
Why did these members pick the Frankln Square park outreach? The general consensus was that it made them feel good.
“Jesus said whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do unto Me,” Adrian Mundle stated.
“This is what God wants.,“ Akil Hope said. “I just feel good about coming out and giving back to our people. That’s what counts.”