“Children” was on of the themes of yesterday’s ministry activities. The day started early with a 6:15am breakfast and a time of devotions. We then headed out for our day of ministry.
SG#2 headed out to the Salvation Army Korean Corps to help out with their summer day camp. This is the exact same activity that was done by the other group yesterday. It was a day spent filled with games, music, bible class, crafts and of course some fun time at the park…
The kids did a great job of playing, leading and teaching these children who really need this camp. It was really great to see how our students jumped right in to help lead. They really did a top-notch job. David, the camp leader and church employee was impressed with our students the past two days and everything they did to make the two days we served there go very well.
SG#1 headed right over to the St. Vincent’s Day Home where we met one of the true saints Miss Jennifer, who led us through orientation which included some great info on educating children, rules at St. Vincent’s etc… We learned that St. Vincent’s is over 100 years old and serves the poorest children in Oakland. I can tell you that this is an amazing place that is doing amazing things in the lives of these little children and their families. Our students got to help in the classrooms. They played, read stories, played, chased, loved, and had a blast with these little ones.
We then headed up to Twin Peaks where we ate lunch, goofed around a bit and took in an incredible view of San Francisco. After our time up at the park, we headed back to the Tenderloin District to help deliver meals for Project Open Hand. We split into two groups and walked a delivery route. Both routes were in the Tenderloin, and both route were delivering to the SRO’s (single room occupancy) in the neighborhood. Project Open Hand delivers daily meals, 365 days a year to clients who are suffering from HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. It was an eye-opening and really positive experience to deliver these meals. We got to literally be the hands and feet of Jesus to a largely forgotten demographic.
Last night was also our free night, and we found a taqueria in the Mission District to enjoy some delicious burritos before heading to AT&T Park for a Giants game. The moon was full, the sky was clear and it was a perfect night to be at the ball park. We had a fun evening together.
Today is going to be another busy/full day of ministry before we start heading home tomorrow. Thanks again for all your prayers and support over the week. It has been great so far, and today is shaping up to be no different.