By Greg Jarrell, QC Family Tree
A student from a large Christian university showed up at QC Family Tree, our hospitality house and community building ministry, for her summer of service and spiritual growth. Fresh off her training with dozens of other students, she was ready to work and hungry to learn. She also appeared to be literally hungry, judging by the multiple grocery bags, filled with cheese puffs and Moon Pies and snack cakes, piled beside her suitcase. I do not know what she planned to learn during this internship, but she did not plan to go hungry.
Her discomfort in our place was clear from the beginning, so it was only a little surprising that within 48 hours she had her bags packed and her ride on the way.
“Can you tell me a little about why you have decided to leave so quickly?” I asked.
“Well, for one,” she said, “I am having a hard time with the diet here. It’s just that I am not used to eating food from gardens.”
Oh dear. “Perhaps you should sit down for a moment,” I said, shocked and a little amused. “I have something important I need to tell you.” …read more