After we finished Takeshi and I had a bit of time to talk and discuss the evening and what we saw, felt and heard....even smelled. People are hungry. That is my #1 awareness. One man needed more water to drink but instead of just getting up to fill his glass he took his whole tray of food with him just to get a drink - he couldn't imagine being away from his plate for even few seconds - he was that hungry.
As I cleared trays that were empty and dirty from men who had eaten and finished I noticed more than a few times that the plate was still hot on the tray - empty but still hot. They ate fast.
I watched one person walk to toss out his food - a very full plate into the garbage but another man stopped him and said "Hey! That looks good I will eat it!'
Many people said thank you while I wiped the tables and seats.
I felt....I'm embarrassed to say this.... I felt scared to make eye contact. I would sometimes say "Hi" but never said how are you? By the end of the 2 hours I was feeling more comfortable and brave but not nearly how I would like to be, not how Jesus would have been. It's a starting point for me. I'm looking forward to going again. This was a good choice.