“Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
– Proverbs 30:7-9
During our first couple of weeks in Harlan we just tried to assess the community. Analyze the problems. Examine the opportunities. See the potential.
We did a lot of research, looking at every organization and effort in Harlan that was trying to help, develop, or contribute to the community in some way. The internet surprisingly held very little information about Harlan and the efforts within this town, so we took to the streets to explore our options and opportunities. From visiting the Harlan Center, to the public Library, to the Harlan Revitalization Association (no longer active – which tells you a little something about hope in this town), to the Community Action Agency, down to Christ’s Hand, etc, etc, etc. Lot’s of different efforts, programs, committees, events, and organizations.
Then we went to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
Honestly, I am really not all too familiar with the B&G Club. I have a few faint memories of thoughts from when I was little – imagining the B&G Club as a scary place for scary people. Same thing with the YMCA. I don’t know why, I just dreamed up that it was a place where gangster kids from the hood went to beat up little homeschool nerds like myself, then carried on with their game of basketball.