Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Community Kitchen

The Job.
I am now employed by the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. I don't really feel like writing the basics of my job, I more want to write about the things that happened today. Alas without the background info it would be useless or at least you would not get to see the contrast of amazing spiritual light with the corruption of what Satan can do with minds and bodies in the grips of addiction without the background.
I love my job. Each day I get to come to work and see dedicated brothers and sisters in the Lord laboring to transform minds, emotions and physical circumstances for the Glory of Jesus. My official job title is "Assistant director of the Community Kitchen." A fancy word for cook, fight breaker upper, receptionist and sometime therapist. It is amazing that I have found a job that strives to restore dignity to the poor. We are lucky to serve them and I am lucky to know them. I know I am being brief on the specifics so feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Now, about the day. I am know daily in contact with 100s of people who have no bed, are mentally ill, who are under bonds of addiction and who know more about the nature of Jesus grace than I could ever grasp. I saw a man today who was jumped last night by another man he shares space with after the man returned strung out on crack. His head was bleeding the police showed up. J's response when asked if he wanted to press charges "Naw man, he didn't know what he was doing, that's not really him, we all get carried away by our demons." Over 300 people humbled themselves to accept help from a 26 year old girl who could only give out a sack dinner. R volunteers 10 hours a day because that's the only way he knows how to stay clean. T cried after a 4 day drug binge about how she is never going to mean anything to anyone and on my way to the library I saw her buying drugs. But I see couples trying to help eachother out of the bonds of addiction, A just got a puppy and to see her laugh, I imagine that is how Jesus looks. To top the day off I got a marriage offer and told that I would always have the best bed in the shelter.
I feel like I could write a book on what I am thankful for. On the very top of that list is that God has chosen to reveal his love of people to me by allowing me to serve.

On a total different note: Hope you all have a wonderful Easter! I missed hope but on Saturday night we had Easter Pad Thai with 11 wonderful folk at S and S. One of the twins (E) put on faux kitten ears and stayed up way past his bed time charming all of us. Then on Sunday K, E, B, H and I hit church and then K cooked an amazing meal. After some downtime K, J and I went to miller park and watched kids in the sprinklers and then watched "Best in Show." Hope your day was filled with family, friendship and adoration of the King.
-Hey, have the just one letter for names gotten annoying yet? They were annoying me while I was writing them, but I am lazy. I will in the future only use them to protect the identity of the clients of the kitchen. By the way if you know of any good jokes I could use them. They eat them up and I am about out.


Jonathan said...

Thanks Karla. It is nice to be linked to such a phenomenal Hindi speaking friend by way of the blogasphere!

the holst gang said...

hey karla! it's anie. so great to talk to you yesterday. i'm very excited about your job, but sad because it means there is even less of a chance of you moving back to minneapolis :( but hey! it just means i need to come visit. as soon as school is out, and i figure out my nanny schedule, i will try to plan a trip. the cruise is now canceled (yes. sad day. long story) because there is not a time where dad can watch anders for a week, so maybe i can convince the parents i need a plane ticket to visit! wouldn't that be dandy? i think so! call any time, or i'll give you a call when i get a free second.

em said...

Hey hey! I made it to your blog! yahoo! I feel like a star. ;-) You did get some props on my blog for your photography genius in capturing my face-covering-embarrassment-shot. Oh yeah.

Oh, and Easter WAS great. What a wonderfully blessed weekend, indeed!

eah said...

Hey K -

Life is very busy here. A is constantly moving about - being a good mayor, you know. E is busy with baseball and drumming...Other A is wrapping up school things and trying to climb as many rocks as possible...M is busy tapping away until the recital in June and playing flute in a couple of band conerts...D is in Louisville this week and then off to Charlotte until Sunday night... and, I, L...well, I just try to keep up with everything. Read a very unsettling Joyce Carol Oates book this week, "The Falls" - can't decide if I would recommend it to people...very compelling to read and yet, very sad. We are all enjoying beautiful weather - I'm working on my tan - other than that, just hanging out at baseball most days.

Thanks for keeping us updated and I'm glad that you have a new job - it sounds absolutely perfect for you, although I must agree with A's earlier post - it means you aren't coming back up this way. So sad!! We do miss you - nobody like you around here for our family. Selfish of me, I know, to want you in this neck of the woods.

Ok - off to call it a night. I'm bushed. Oh, and by the way the initials didn't really bother me; I just wanted to try and write a similar entry. :)


the holst gang said...

Karla -

I'm just wondering if you are alive? I'm thinking that this particular job must be more taxing than Starbucks, not allowing you to BLOG as often - just know that I'm thinking about you and that we all miss you. Anders asked the other day about you in his winsome way - "Where IS my Karla?" Have a great day - I have a relatively quiet day today - whew!