We’ve been having so much fun on this trip and have also learned so much!! Mission trips take us out of our comfort zones and this one is no different. While we do tend to get tired, we also get energized by simply serving others.
Group 1 started the day by going to a Mexican Bakery and purchasing pastries – two per participant. Then they went to MacArthur Park where they split into groups, distributed the pastries to homeless people and engaged in conversations with them. From there, they went to a retirement community where they had so much fun playing bingo with a lot of elderly people. They had lunch at the park and went back to Union Rescue Mission. They cleaned out the kids room and the toddlers room, and organized it as well. Dinner was at a Salvadorian restaurant where they had papusas.
Group 2 started the day at the LA Regional Food Bank where they sorted a lot of food. They also had employees form Google who volunteered alongside them. After lunch, they went back to the Salvation Army site where they engaged with the kids there with both indoor and outdoor games. They had Indian food for dinner.
Group 3 also started the day at the LA Regional Food Bank. They sorted and packed 13,692 lbs of food which was about 11,364 meals. After lunch, they went to a different Salvation Army site from group 2, where they engaged with the kids in indoor and outdoor games like the previous day. They had Salvadorian food for dinner, with Group 1.
After dinner, all three groups went to the Union Rescue Mission for a worship service in their chapel. We worshipped with the other mission trip group from Eugene, OR, and several members of the local community from Skid Row. The message was from Ephesians 3:20,21 – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
The preacher talked about Peter walking on water and how he had to get off the boat in order to let Jesus make him walk on water. He also talked about us drawing closer to God. He gave the example where children don’t just go to their parents when they need something, but they have a meaningful relationship with them. Likewise, we’re called to have a meaningful relationship with God my drawing closer to him.
At the beginning of the service, one of our participants Riley, went and sang a song!
After the worship service, we came back to our base where the three groups debriefed together and also had affirmations.
We wouldn’t have a successful mission trip without the amazing leadership of our youth directors Allison and Keris.
Looks like they’re bummed about not being able to play soccer in the different parks in Los Angeles 🙂