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SF Final Recap

Yesterday was the final day of ministry.  It is hard to believe that we are packing up and starting to head home this morning.  It has been a full week of ministry here in the San Francisco/Bay Area.  The lack of sleep, the lack of personal space, the lack of quality knives to spread the peanut butter for sandwiches has all been worth it!

SG#1 spent yesterday at the Alemeda County Community Food Bank.  They spent then afternoon talking with homeless, trying to meet needs in People’s Park in Berkeley.

SG#2 spent yesterday morning at St. Vincent’s Day Home and delivered meals in the Tenderloin with Project Open Hand.  (If you want a refresher on these activities, be sure to check previous posts.)

After completing the days ministry activities, we got to enjoy tamales with the other churches serving in SF this week (there are 100+ students and leaders here this week), and then had a time of sharing what we had learned this week.  Fee & Cody were the ones from our group who shared. 

After the big group sharing our group spent the next 45-60 minutes debriefing our week together.  The students shared quite deeply about what they saw, experienced and how it was shaping their faith.  Things were shared like:

  • “this trip made me realize that I need God in my life.  I don’t want to wake up at 50 working some job I hate without God in my life.  I want God in my life, and I want to do something that makes a difference.”
  • “being here this week has showed me that I want to work with children, like at St. Vincents Day Home, where you can really make a difference.” (slight paraphrase)
  • “I always think about my future. What do I want to do? What will it take to get there? I learned that  I also need to be in the present, so I don’t miss out on what is important.”
  • “I learned that I can pray out lout in front of others.”
  • “I learned that I want a more childlike faith.”
  • “I learned how important it is to have friends who are Christians, and that it is good to talk about the real stuff together…knowing I have that with you all is like a weight lifted off my shoulders.”
  • “I have always considered my self a Christian, and I thought doing this trip would be a cool thing that I could check off my list, and I learned that I need to put my faith in action because of God’s love for us and others, not so I can check off something on a list.”

There were lots of great things that our students are processing.  It has been a great week together.  We look forward to coming home and sharing more with you all.  Thanks for following along, for your comments, prayers and support!

In closing:

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV)

2 Comments

  1. Traci says:

    Hey Bud!
    I bet you’re a tired dude! We are so looking forward to seeing you tomorrow and hearing all about your trip. We have been able to read these posts, but i know you’ll have a TON to say. You are an amazing young man, Luke and I’m proud to call you my son. I have bragged about you several times this week. Bless you bud, and safety on the road! See you tomorrow! OX Mom

  2. Christopher Fischer says:

    Hi, JK kids and leaders,
    I have been reading your posts and watching your videos and am in awe by what you have been doing in SF and what you have experienced. I have a feeling this week may have shaped you a little more and you will remember for a long, long time. Have a safe trip back home. We are so looking forward to embracing you tomorrow. With a greeting to my darling daughter Fee! Christopher

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