One dinner I got to be a part of making this semester was Chicken Enchiladas. Initially I was doubtful that our group of 7 girls could accomplish this in an hour or so, but with lots of communication we were able to get it done. The Ronald McDonald house provided a kitchen and all of our basic necessities such as pans and simple ingredients. We brought in the rest of the food and split up to make individual items like rice and the chicken. Honestly, it was probably one of the most detailed and involved meals I’ve ever made. Add that plus a 5-10 families eager and anxious for a good meal and you’ve got yourself some nerves.
Although I shouldn’t have been, I was surprised to see how successful the meal was. We finished with good timing and a decent amount of families turned up. I imagine that they’re used to having the similar meals prepared for them, something like tacos and spaghetti, making me grateful that we chose to cook a meal that was uncommon. Everyone thanked us and I sensed genuine appreciativeness for our service. I started to think about all the family meals I’ve been blessed to have with my parents and with my friends. All the effort and planning it takes just to have dinner together. It must be such a relief to have this taken care of especially when there’s so many other important things going on with their children’s health. I admire the care the Ronald McDonald house has provided for the individuals in our community and feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of it.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthews 20:28