As I reflect on the sweet week that was had at the Dream Center, a couple things have been made clear. Firstly, what an incredible group of youth and leaders were a part of this week. The 209 students that came along on the mission trip are a powerful group of friends. These students are bold enough to share their thoughts and emotions, to experience new versions of prayer, and to stretch beyond their comfort zone to serve the people of LA. There aren’t many high school students that you can say that about!
Secondly, there is huge work that is stirring in the hearts of people in this community. Through the serving that was done in LA, the Lord really stirred our hearts and revealed the importance of serving the community around us. Let’s continue to chase that vision as we return home.
Lastly, there are faces, names, and stories of people we met this week that will stay in our hearts forever. These people were real, some were struggling and some welcomed us with an inspiring love.
I am so thankful for the work the Lord did in LA and in our hearts this week. What a meaningful week that will always be remembered. To wrap up the blog, we have gathered takeaways from a group of people who were on the trip.
“To wrap up the week….I am proud to be part of 209 and the mission trip to LA Dreamcenter. I was able to see lives changed over the course of the last week. Yes we were in poor areas and heard amazing testimonies, but I want to shed a little light on the kids who worked, prayed, served and loved each other for the entire week. Great is our God to have created servants like the 209ers. I was blessed and amazed by each and everyone’s efforts these last 7 days”
“I was reminded in a new way of the depth of God’s love for all humanity even if what we see is hurtful or unjust.”
– Amy Lynch
“Even in the darkest corners of the US hope and love still manage to flourish in gods love”
– Jayrome Murray
“I’m so thankful and blessed God brought us all on this eye-opening trip. We all had something unique to bring to the table, and all of our skills combined worked beautifully together. No words can describe how moved I was by the testimonies of the people working at the dream center and the spirits in the families we met despite their backgrounds. After this trip, I will continue to serve and will never lose compassion for the broken”
“I will never forget the honest testimonies the leaders shared. I will also never forget the smiles on the people’s faces that we got to serve.”
“I never want to forget the stories. I want to hold on to the testimonies that broke my heart, the memories filled with laughter, and the perspective changing experiences. For what good is it to encounter these things and leave them behind? Why not bring them home and make a difference?”
“I’m usually a quick to judge type of person, but this week really opened my eyes by how people acted and treated us when we were helping them. And during service (Thursday night) the pastor said: “Don’t judge people because they sin differently than you”. Which really hit me because my perspective was changed this week through hearing people’s testimonies and serving others. “
“ One of my favorite parts of this Mission Trip was hearing people’s testimonies. You could see how God worked in each of their lives. He changed their lives from bad to good and saved them. I loved hearing how God worked through people’s lives. This trip has changed my views on life.”
“Church isn’t a place we go once a week. A church is who we are when we go out and do ministry. We can radically change others lives because of this faith.”