“Time is flying by”….that’s the comment I have been hearing from so many of the kids. It’s hard to believe that we only have today and tomorrow left and then we will be leaving early Friday morning.
Enough of looking at the end of our time – let me share with you some highlights from yesterday:
- Brody and his group at UGM had the amazing opportunity to walk around the Hastings area with two guys who have graduated from the transitional program. They spent most of their time stopping into shops and other areas where people were just hanging out. Our kids were amazed at the openness of these individuals…they were so excited that a group of grade eight kids would take a week out of their Summer to come hang out with them.
- Mike Enns group spent most of the day at Oppenheimer…Mike shared last night that they had some incredible times of ministry. It is so powerful to hear the stories of these people…doctors, lawyers who through one bad choice or through some tough circumstances were now a part of the homeless crowd in downtown Vancouver. They spent most of the day playing soccer and walking around the park serving cold water and lemonade to those who were thirsty.
- Mike Bryce and his crew spent the day at Gather & Give. They split upinto three teams and put together home essential care packages for individuals and families who are moving into apartments or transitional housing. I actually had the opportunity to go with them to deliver two packages. It was so cool to see the look on their faces when a group of young men showed up to help them out with basic simple housing needs.
- Henry and his team spent the day at UGM New Westminster – Henry shared last night that they had some meaningful conversations with those who came in to grab a bite to eat and to get off the street.
- As many of you are aware last night was Street Church…all I can say is that God was definitely there! As a group we led a service which included worship, drama, life change stories, and a message by Brody. We also had greeters at the door and we helped prepare and serve the food when the people came in from the street. While the service was running we also sent out 4 prayer teams who made their way through the streets and back alleys of Hastings. You could definitely see the fear in many of our kids eyes but they stepped out of their comfort zones and boldly marched on in faith. When they returned from their walk…their eyes no longer were filled with fear – they were eyes of compassion and injustice. Many approached them to thank them for caring..yes there were a people who shouted at them for invading their personal space but overall it was an experience they will not soon forget.
- When we returned to headquarters we spent close to two hours debriefing on the night. It was moving to hear their stories and how they were feeling during this experience. We then headed off to bed to get a good nights sleep…and that brings us to today.