Gail and I arrived yesterday for visits and meetings this weekend in Detroit.

Last night, a meal at the Honey Tree Restaurant with Captains Jamie and Deb Winkler of the Detroit Harbor Light System and good talk about innovative ways for the mission of the Army to come to life.  Right now there are great opportunities for the Army to become involved in new ways with human hurts and hopes such as jobs, health and anti-human trafficking initiatives.  And especially the opportunity to do something to shift the direction of multigenerational family dysfunctions of abuse, alcoholism, hopelessness.

This morning we breakfasted with the recently retired Major Marilyn Hopkins.  Great pancakes at the Original Pancake House on 10 Mile Road.  Major Hopkins served many years in Detroit, Chicago and Wichita.  She has always been a determined champion of people who are forgotten and friendless.  Now she tells the stories of her service, and of her transformation as she served.  Her modest apartment abundantly displays keepsakes from the places and the people.

Later this afternoon we meet at Detroit Grandale Corps with the metro Detroit cohort of the 2011 Central Bible Leadership Institute urban mission workshop.  We will listen to what is happening in their lives and ministries.  And then over to Kerby’s Koney Island in Southfield for table fellowship.

Tomorrow, we join Grandale’s morning meeting followed by table fellowship with the corps for a soul food dinner.  Amen!