The team of 14 students & 2 leaders arrived at 1:00 pm and we quickly put our stuff in the rooms and headed down to the trolly station to immerse the students into the downtown scene through a creative Prayer Race/Scavenger Hunt. The team was split into 3 smaller groups and given a set of clues for various places around town. While one group strayed WAY off the path, everyone had fun asking people for help and praying for the various spheres of influence.
The students served with a local homeless shelter called Father Joe’s Villages each day. They arose each morning at 5:00 AM (some even earlier) to head to downtown San Diego to serve the homeless men, women and children living either on the streets or in the village. They served with a joyful heart and a beautiful smile. Who am I kidding, they had to get up at 5:00 AM, most of them weren’t even awake yet.
After eating breakfast they headed back to our host church (where the kids were sleeping on the floor) for quiet time and devos. (We might want to revisit this in the scheduling as it tends to lead to sleeping instead of reading the devotionals.) We gathered each morning to glean from the wisdom of Chris Whitler. Chris is from YWAM Modesto and came down to hang with us for the week. He taught our students about what it looks like to offer evangelism through friendship and everyday relationship. He told stories of how sharing a coke with a kid was an example of God’s love and how we are to receive God’s blessings and give it to others, even the person sitting next to you.