Saturday, June 18, 2016

Orientation Day 1

We have begun!

By planes, trains, and automobiles the team has arrived in Twin Cities!

After dropping bags off at John and Denay's in St Paul, we picked up some Bahn Mi and headed for farm country south of the Cities to Growing Hope Farms.

GHF is a local non-profit that works to provide organic produce to families who don't otherwise have access to it - primarily from some of the area's refugee population. Jim Kielsmeier told us a bit about the refugee communities, as well as educated us about the history of the land the farm stood on, having been taken from the Lakota Indians during the Civil War.


After about three hours in the sun pulling weeds and transplanting vegetables, the group headed back to the Cities for dinner - stopping at Afton State Park for a dip (washing up a bit) in the St Croix River!


John and Denay hosted the group for a barbecue before we went to a neighbor's to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to wrap up our day.

It's been great getting to know one another, serving together, and starting conversations that will prepare us for our departure tomorrow! Off to host homes for bed tonight, and a full day of orientation tomorrow before we depart.