The day started out for Team 1 (Leaders Michele & Chris) with a refreshingly cool walk across Golden Gate Bridge. Next, the youth portioned and prepped apples and rice for distribution at the SF-Marin Food Bank. The team said that packing rice is their favorite thing to do! The day wrapped up in the Mission District with an activity called “Meet a Need” in which the group was given $10 and challenged to find a way to meet the needs of a person on the streets. The group talked with a gentleman and brought him a burrito for lunch. The girls didn’t know what kind of salsa he would like, so they thoughtfully ordered one of each kind and carefully labeled each one.
Team 2 (Leaders Jaime & Slade) spent the day with children at the Village Project. They participated in karaoke, played field games at a nearby park, and walked to the nearby Boys & Girls Club. Some of the children had swimming lessons and others spent time in the club’s game room playing games with our youth like foosball and ping pong. (Photos used with permission.)
In the morning, Team 3 (Leaders Keris & Jeremy) served at Old St. Mary’s Groceries for Seniors by packing food for seniors on a fixed income. The group then took a prayer walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. In the afternoon, they served with Project Open Hand by walking a delivery route and bringing prepared meals to home-bound residents in the Tenderloin.
All three teams returned to home base at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland where they were joined by the other churches participating in CSM’s mission camp this week for a night of “Tamales & Testimonies”. The youth from four different churches enjoyed All Star tamales, worshiped together, and then several representatives from each group shared stories of their experiences this week. The night wrapped up with a debrief led by Pastor Jaime. She read Matthew 25:40 in which Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” The group then discussed what “the least of these” means in our context today, what they learned from their encounters this week, and how their perspectives have changed as a result.