Today, a few members of Cardinal Outreach Team volunteered at Second Harvest food bank. We bagged over 4,000 lbs of sweet potatoes for families in need of food in Muncie! Glory to God!
Want to serve God by serving Muncie?! Here are a few dates to keep in mind!

Saturday, December 1st, 9 am to 12 pm- We're going to Second Harvest to organize food and do whatever else is needed. I'd like for everyone to be there so we can have a morning serving the community together and so we're able to be a huge help for them!

Tuesday, December 4th, 7 pm to 8 pm- Elmcroft! We'll be going to spend time with the residents, play Bingo, and hopefully sing some Christmas carols!

Interested in serving with us? E-mail for details.

Caroline Robelen is a senior Theatre and Dance Performance major and a two year member of Cardinal Outreach Team.

    On October 2, a small group of my brothers and sisters in Christ and I visited Elmcroft, an assisted living facility. It was my first time going to any sort of nursing home or assisted living home since I was a Girl Scout, so I was a bit nervous. I knew we'd be playing every senior's favorite game, Bingo, which also makes me nervous. Luckily, when we got to Elmcroft, I volunteered to be the caller so I wouldn't actually have to play the game. The majority of my night consisted of basically shouting letters and numbers, so I didn't really get that much of a chance to talk with any of the residents.
    When the game was over and Romona won the cover all, I got the chance to sit down and chat with one of the tables where there were no students. They thanked me for doing a good job at calling which made me happy that I had the chance to make their nights just a little brighter. I tried to make small conversation that they could relate to, and it seemed as though they were excited and interested to find out that I'm a direct relative of Lucille Ball. But that was about the only amount of time I got to talk with them.
    Hopefully next time I'll get to chat a bit more with them and I'll get the chance to serve them in an even more Christ-like way.
Chris Jones is a senior Music Education major and a two year member of Cardinal Outreach Team.

One of my favorite outreaches that the Cardinal Outreach Team does is our volunteer work at the Elmcroft assisted living home in Muncie, IN. We go about once every month to share company with the residents, play Bingo, and entertain them with music. Our first visit of the year on October 2 was great. I have sat with the same table of ladies for the past year or so. They remember me every time and it's so nice to catch up with them. On our past visit, I got to share with them my experiences over the summer working with Disney. I went on a summer mission project with Campus Crusade for Christ and it turned out to be the best summer of my life. I grew significantly in my relationship with God and got to share His love with many other people including several of the college students I worked with. The women at Elmcroft were really inspired by it. I look forward to seeing them again this year.

Katie Morario is a sophomore theatre and english education major
On October 2nd  I was having a bad day. I remember very clearly. I was bitter about school, my roommates, my schedule, pretty much just life. To say I was resentful to go volunteer at Elmcroft would be an understatement. Little did I know how encouraging these strangers would be.

            I sat down with a variety of women, but one woman in particular stood out to me. Her name was Lois. She was lively and had a strong sense of humor. I looked over at her walker to find it full of an assortment of toys and musical instruments. Everything from a tambourine to colored flags to a festive maraca filled her basket. After commenting on her eclectic collection she explained to me, “I want to get one of those big over-sized tooth brushes. And then just carry it around with me everywhere I go. And then when people ask me what it's for, I'll say 'What? I've got a big mouth!'” We laughed together at the idea. She went on to say, “There's no point in walkin' around here feeling sorry for yourself. Even after my husband died, I didn't see any good in doin' that. Might as well just have fun, right?” I was in awe. Here I was complaining about my opportunity for education and stressful schedule full of being with people I love. Who am I to complain?

            God shows himself in strange ways. On October 2nd he showed me the glory and beauty of everyday through my new cute friend, Lois. I walked away that night, not bitter or angry, but grateful. I was grateful for Lois, grateful for COT, and most of all, grateful for a God that loves me enough to give me all of that and more.

Zach Holzer is a senior Spanish education major and a two-year member of Cardinal Outreach Team.

            Since we have started this year we have really been trying to get the ball rolling with lots of new things that we have been doing as an outreach the last couple of years.  One of the things that we have done that was different this year was traveling to the Boys and Girls Club of Muncie.  I have never had an experience with this organization until this year, but after going I am so glad that I went and I’m so excited to go back! The kids are all just a great bunch, and they are really excited to just have people come to visit them, hang out with them, and just love on them.  It was a really rewarding experience just seeing them be happy and active while having fun doing what they love to do: be kids.

            One of my favorite things that happened was probably the experience that I had with a boy named Shai.  He is a 13 year old boy that has been coming to the Boys and Girls Club for a couple of years, but he is wiser beyond his years and more mature than I had expected.  Upon walking into the gym to play ball with these kids he instantly came up and introduced himself.  He asked me questions about what I was studying in college and what I wanted to do in my life, and he was really engaging.  Naturally, I asked him questions back about those same things: what he liked to do for fun, what his favorite subject in school was, and even what he wanted to do with his life. 

            Surprisingly, he had an answer all picked out and ready for me.  He told me that he wanted to be a police officer, because he has seen (and even experienced) so much injustice, and he just wants to change it.  I loved seeing his heart shine through his ambitions.  We talked about the Lord even! That was probably the best part of the whole night.  The kids have a lot of heart, and it was extremely rewarding to experience that.  I am so excited that we are going to be going back again! I’m glad that we could be a part of their lives in a positive way, and who knows what God’s love is going to do for them in the future. Plus, it’s a great stress reliever for us crazy college kids.

Bekah DeVries is a junior accounting major and a two year member of Cardinal Outreach Team.

On October 2, 2012 COT went to Elmcroft Assisted Living Home and played Bingo with some of the residents. Not surprising, the residents were very serious about their Bingo game! Ally and I sat next to two women named Ruth and Evelyn. Although we didn’t get to talk to these ladies very much because of their passion for Bingo, we talked about their family and their lives briefly. It was awesome to get to know all the residents that participated and be able to shower them with God’s love. We gave them gift bags that we decorated full of candy and notes. They were all so grateful for our compassion! I would love to visit our new “friends” again very soon! :)
Congrats on getting those finals done! As we go our separate ways this summer, check out this great article from Relevant with ideas to serve those in need. What difference can you make in your hometown, your job, your internship? These ideas will help you get inspired to keep serving, wherever you are!

Check out just a few stories about the people we encountered on our Day of Outreach!
Check out some photos from our Prep Night and Day of Outreach! We organized 30 boxes of food for Muncie families in need. We delivered them to government complexes where families are likely unemployed and solely dependent on federal aid. We were able to take the Gospel into some dark places, and we have one new brother in Christ!