We learned that cupcakes can soften hearts and open doors.
Our younger ‘team’ (all in their 20’s) headed to one of Salina’s truck stops and began interacting with customers there. They offered them cupcakes. They began conversations. They took others inside and bought them food and drinks.
The offer of a cupcake opened up a conversation with one particular vehicle full. There were four adults and two dogs. Two of the adults were traveling to Columbia, Missouri, where the young woman was from. They had picked up the other two travelers and their dog along the way. They asked our gals if they knew of anywhere they could get a gas voucher. Our young women weren’t aware of any resources. The conversation continued and resulted in one of our girls (a first year teacher), putting $60 worth of gas in their vehicle!
My daughter texted me when it happened. Everyone, on both teams, was absolutely in awe. We were clear when we left the house that this wasn’t about the money, that there were no expectations for anyone to spend their own money, that our goal was just to bless others in whatever way we could.
The truth is… she was able to do it and happy to do it. As they relayed the incident to us, they talked about how these “travelers” were respectful and appreciative. Our girls were pretty sure they were at the very least, transient, and perhaps even homeless. They chose instead to call them “travelers.” When she first suggested that she pay for their gas, they assured her that anything she did was very much appreciated. Ten dollars worth would be great. Instead, she filled their tank.
I was so proud of our young women. Not just because they were generous financially. They gave freely and they gave without judgement. They were bold in where they chose to go and what they chose to do. The venues they visited included a park (that is not known to be family friendly), and this truck stop. They gave their dolls away outside of a tattoo parlor. They also picked up a young woman who was walking. They gave her a ride and shared all of the goodies that they had to give away. They were sure by the end of their encounter that she was doing drugs. She told them she wished everybody was as nice as they were. To me, they were great models of unconditional love and God’s great grace.
These same young women continue to brainstorm ideas for the next time we venture out. They want to spend more time at the truck stops. They want to have goodie bags ready for children that include food, water, a toy, stuffed animal or coloring book and crayons. One of them has already purchased 6 pairs of women’s gloves to be able to give away on a cold, winter day. Young and old-er, we look ahead to our next time out with anticipation and excitement.
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