Today, my family and I woke up at 6:30 and drove all the way to Compton for the Compton Initiative. Basically,the Compton Initiative brings together different people from different churches and then we dedicate an entire morning to fixing up infrastructures around Compton.
After spending hours of painting this one house, we all took a lunch break. To be honest, we weren’t expecting much, but Angela, the owner of the house, brought us so much food. She made hot dogs wrapped in bacon. And up until now, I have never eaten such a delicious hot dog in my entire life. To see her gratitude was so rewarding. She talked about how when she had first started looking for a house, she hadn’t noticed the faults, such as the lack of a bathtub or the unstable roof. She was just so happy to finally have a house. She then told us how she had never had a housewarming party, and us coming into her house to rebuild was basically the most wonderful housewarming party she could ask for. After we finished fixing up the house, we took pictures with her and she continued to thank us for our work.
Until the very last moment did we find out that one of her neighbors had requested for her house to be remodeled for the Compton Initiative. She told us how a man came up to her house, banging on her door continuously. When she finally opened the door and asked, “What are you doing here?” He replied “I came here to bless you.” The purpose of this post is not to tell you about some amazing food that I’ve tried (although it was) but rather to show you guys that love has the power to bring people together. I got to meat some of the most amazing people who give and ask for nothing in return. I had the opportunity to change someone’s life and share one of the most rewarding meals I’ve ever had and because of this, I have been changed.