Truong was grateful for the Exodus Homes and Exodus Church volunteers who came into the prison to work with him, and Community Visit passes that had enabled him to come out to Exodus Church regularly on Sunday. Approved volunteers from Exodus Homes and Exodus Church are able to bring out 10 - 15 inmates every Sunday, and larger numbers for special events like lectures at Lenoir Rhyne University, social justice films, and community outreach events. Truong especially appreciated how Exodus Homes and Exodus Church volunteers made a generous breakfast and lunch for the inmates every Sunday at the church. "It is a lot of work to cook large meals for us so we can eat well before and after church. I asked God for an opportunity to do something to show them all how much I appreciate what they have done for us" said Truong.
Truong loves to cook, and he decided that the gift of a meal would be the best way he could give thanks. On Monday Truong cooked a large meal for 60 people at Hickory Springs to let them know how much he had enjoyed working with them. On Tuesday he worked hard for several hours at Exodus Church preparing a delicious meal of shrimp, steak, and pork stir fry with steamed rice and potatoes. The meal was shared with Rev. Longcrier and volunteers from Exodus Homes and Exodus Church who had worked in the kitchen to prepare the Sunday meals or helped bring him out on Sundays.
Truong will leave for Oakland on Wednesday. He is excited about being reunited with his family and find a new church home. "I will not forget what I learned here and will always remember the Exodus ministry for how you changed my life." he said.
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