oday is day 2 of our high school mission trip to inner city LA. For the past 6 months we have a had a team of mostly 9th and 10th grade students preparing to give up their spring break week to come and serve and be served by those in need here in the LA area. The ministry we are partnering with is called Center for Student Mission. We’ve used them before two years ago in Washington D.C. and they were amazing. So far the staff here and the site are following with that tone 🙂
Yesterday we had a great day of travel, which started for Maria at 3am. We all arrived in LAX around 11am and were able to eat a fantastic lunch at “In and Out Burger”. After that we headed to the beach. It was so beautiful. Walking down to the water the first thing I said to Maria, “this looks like Muskegon”. 🙂
After driving through LA traffic (on Sunday) we finally arrived around 5pm at the CSM housing site where we were greeted by our hosts and given an orientation for the week. After that was over, we headed over to the “Honduras Kitchen” for dinner
. The food was simply amazing. After that, we loaded up our 15 passenger vans, and went on a prayer tour of South and Downtown LA. We were able to see first hand the harsh contrast between Skid Row and just blocks away the rich downtown financial district. LA surly is a diverse city.
I was struck by obvious people “living” on the streets. I was struck by the garbage that was everywhere in Skid Row and the Fashion District. I was struck by the irony of two 15 passenger vans driving through these areas “observing” homelessness and poverty. It was truly a humbling night. I wish I had time to write more, but this is about all I can this morning.
Today we start our work with different sites in these and other areas. Everybody is tired but our group seems to be focused. My prayer for today is that God would use these precious moments to change lives: ours and the wonderful adults and children we meet. The big picture impact of a trip like this in the lives of the teenagers we have in our group is boundless. And, what an honor it is to be a part of the story of the individuals we will be meeting today here in LA.
Have a great day everyone 🙂