The leadership camp went very smoothly. Although only four participants, they worked very well together as a close knit team, doing KP, hinokishin at TCC and stadium and conducting the games at BBQ Picnic. The impact may not be apparent to them, but I am confident that the experience added another thick layer of confidence, ability and maturity in their development as leaders.
Approximately 60 persons attended the park cleanup including those who had to leave early (and not in the group photo) with 12 from Pearl Church. We all were a site to see with everyone working so hard including the toddlers! As I mentioned at the park, we adults need to serve as models for the children to emulate. Otherwise they would be left to their own devices and stray from the path. Judging by how hard the children worked, I can safely say that we are transmitting the faith to the next generation! We are putting the teachings into a visible and tangible form!
Although there weren't as many homeless persons as we expected, we were able to share the food with about 7 or 8 needy persons as our junior leaders and several children accompanied by adults made and passed out plate lunches around the park. One particular woman, gave us a smile and said “Thank you!” I'm sure the junior leaders who gave her the plate, was happy to see that!
The unity of minds and sincerity of effort brought about the success of the event and will bring future blessings to the participants, to the community and peace in this world.
Thank you to all of you who came out!
Rev. Owen Nakao