End of Day 1

LA: End of Day 1: Our group speaks:

Nate Starcev– I absolutely love the trip so far! Today we went to a homeless shelter called LA Mission, and it was amazing. We were separated into groups, the group I was in was Tim, our counselor Jay and I. We got the privilege to help out two men Augustine and Clearance. Their job that day at the shelter was to move all the heavy beds from one area in the room and clean the floor were the beds were. We didn’t help them much with the cleaning of the floors but moving the beds to were they needed to be placed. I personally think that all of us in the group did more listening rather than working. We got to hear how the Lord changed the lives of Augustine and Clearance. It was amazing all the stuff they have been through, Clearance has been homeless with his wife for a long time and was hooked on drugs. Augustine was joined into a gang at the age 15 in the East side of California, and was also hooked on a strong drug called meth. At the midst of all this in both their lives Lord provided a way for his love to come and flow into the hearts of these men. They now work at the homeless shelter to help those in need because they know what it is like to be in that situation. It also shows me how fortunate I am in my life from the friends I have, to the family that loves me, and even the education I receive at KCCS. I have already encountered so much on this trip and can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me.

Pat Doull–today we had the luck to be the group to wake up at 7! (which is the good one to be) we had breakfast and the went to L.A. mission to serve on skid row. i was assigned to the donation sorting room. the worker there was really nice and seemed like a great guy, he owned a bar and worked with lil wayne and r kelly. out duty was to sort incoming clothing donations by nice clothes for the students and average clothes. the difficult part for this J.C. boy was that every thing seemed kinda torn up and not any type of clothes that we would wear. after sorting all the bags we were moved to re decorate the bulletin boards. after that we had lunch and took a tour of L.A. mission. next we went to a business/shop area that is really nice and kept up well. we had quiet time to write in out journals and relax. it was really peace full. after that we went and played with kids at red cross community center. i helped kids do homework then played soccer with them. it was great to see them have so much fun. then we went to a nicruaguian restaurant and had fried plantains. then came home and are currently playing mafia.

Grace Peterson~ Today I awoke at 5:10, exhausted and tired, but awake just the same. My group, led by Issac and Mrs. Stover, went to a fabulous bagel shop called Noah’s New York Bagels. It was super good and I had an amazing quiet time. I came on this trip because I felt like the Lord was calling me to step-out of my comfort zone and face my fears. All of the time leading up to the trip I was scared of getting hurt or running into a bad crowd. God calmed my fears this morning in an amazing way. One of the people in my group found a verse during the devotion this morning that went along the lines of “if you are following the Lord, you cannot be harmed.” It was then also amazing when we were leaving, the car parked beside us had a bumper sticker that said something also along those lines. The rest of the day went really well. In the morning we were able to prepare meals for people suffering from HIV or AIDS. Later we played with kids at Las Familias de Pueblo. Even though it was taxing on me physically, it felt really good to give these kids the attention they wanted. So far it’s been a great trip and please pray for safety and our ministry. Thanks for all your support! 🙂


LA Update Day 1


Monday Morning:

After a great flight yesterday across the country, LA greeted us with some nice sunny weather–but a little cool…only 70 degrees ;). This morning it’s 51making it’s way to 75….I heard it’s snowing in KC?

After we landed, a little bit of business and we were in our 12 passenger vans looking for the closes “In and Out Burger”…a Cali favorite. Digesting, we had a brief time of devotions as we set up the week and then headed to Walmart to pick up some coffee and other supplies. We arrived at the housing site a little early and were up able to get unpacked and settled in.

We’ve two other groups here at the CSM housing site–one from North Park University and the other from a methodist church in Texas. I was shocked to see that one of the North Park Students here is a former student of mine from a church I worked at in the late 90’s. He was in 5th grade when we left that church and I haven’t seen him since! It was awesome to reconnect.

The CSM staff did an orientation for all of us, we had a leaders meeting, then were treated to Indian food for dinner—it was amazing—and most of our group went back for seconds and even thirds. I guess the In and out Burger didn’t fill them up too much 🙂

After dinner, we all gathered around and went on one of the coolest tours ever—a Prayer tour of LA. The CSM staff guided a driving prayer tour through some of the most amazing and depressing areas of LA, places that we will be working in all week. Driving down Skid Row at 8pm and seeing all the people sleeping on the streets was a pretty eye opening experiencing—especially leaving Johnson County just this morning.

Here are two young ladies thoughts on the trip this far:

Melissa Ator: When we got to CSM we had a little time to hang out and play a little mafia before dinner. After dinner we went on a prayer tour, which was very eye-opening. So far this trip has been great!

Lizzie Stover: This is my second year on the trip, so coming on it I had some expectations. I thought I knew exactly how the prayer tour was going to go but they had a bunch of new eye-opening facts and they even had us lay on the ground and think about how it would be to be homeless every night, now if you’ve never done this it really changes the way you look at things. So far this trip is more then meeting my expectations and I’m sure there will be many more life changing experiences also right now I am enjoying getting to know my team.

Today we head to our ministry sites—actually, one of the group has already left to work with a ministry called Project Angel Food which packs meals for HIV and AIDS patients who can’t leave there home. These are the kind of project that our wonderful youth will be a part of all week.

We will try and update the blog as often as we can–free time is scarce but we will do the best we can.

Prayer Points:
–We have a couple of students not feeling well. Nothing serious, but with the time change, business, and lack of sleep, “nothing serious” can turn into “pretty serious” rather quickly. Please pray that the whole group stays healthy and energized.

–My heart is for our group to see what God is doing here in LA and jump in! I think we have an amazing group with a ton of depth–pray that they have an attitude to engage the Living God here in LA in a way that opens them up to a deeper understanding of what the Spirit is doing in their life and in the lives of our group.

Thank you!


We made it!

We have arrived at the Center for Student Mission’s housing site!


The First to the Airport

Grace was the first to the Airport this morning! LA here we come!

LA is Coming!

This week we will be in LA working with Center for Student Mission.  I will be posted pictures, stories….really as much content as time allows on this blog during the week.  We will be busy, but hopefully we’ll be able to share the journey with you as much as possible.

Thanks for praying



Ike and Aaron