Over spring break I had the pleasure of being one of the two staff members who accompanied seven NCU students to San Francisco, Calif., over the spring break week.
We worked with a variety of organizations throughout the city. Together we prepared and packaged food at the San Francisco Food Bank & Project Open Hand, an organization that provides hot meals for people suffering from AIDS/HIV and mental health issues, bundled diapers and delivered care packages to mothers with newborn babies through an organization called Alpha, played with children and youth living in a violence and poverty stricken neighborhood, and served meals to men and women living on the streets struggling with addiction. We prayed in beautiful St. Boniface Church, surrounded with the sounds of sleeping men and women who sought rest and refuge from the fear and danger of living on street corners and dark alleys. We wandered through China Town and gazed at the bay. It was a joy to watch students open their eyes to the struggles of the city and to take hope and delight in the fact that God gave them the opportunity to participate in the ways he is moving through San Francisco.
On behalf of the entire San Francisco mission team, thank you to everyone who donated money, encouraged us and prayed for us while we served. God is moving in San Francisco and it was awesome to be invited into His work.
More photos of the trip can be found here.