Prayer- Every morning we had an optional prayer meeting. After many attempts to pray for an hour on my own (sorry S.Chang) I confessed to another staff how hard it was for me to stay awake for an hour without falling asleep. In return, he told me about 7am prayer meetings they had at his college and how refreshing it was for him. Then it just started—first just 3, then to about 8 people.
Breakfast/chill time- my new love- MCGRIDDLES!!!! OH MY SO GOOD!!!!!
QT/Ministry Venues- Before we went out to do ministry we would usually take about 45 minutes to ourselves to spend some time with the Lord. Ministry groups consisted of 10ish people each and we all went to a different location, switching every 2 weeks, ideally. The 3 ministry groups were.
VBS (Vacation Bible School) - With some miscommunication, we didn’t get to attend this venue at all. Instead, we went to SF State to share with whomever. I think many students were discouraged by going here because there didn’t seem to be any clear goals nor follow up plan. But even though some were discouraged at the time, I think we would all say that the 4 people who accepted Christ made our time well worth it. But even then, if not a single person accepted Christ during that time; I think we would still say that the faith stretching time was well worth it.
sharing Jesus with students and playing with their dogs J
Serving Food – We served with Glide church by distributing food in their kitchen. During these 2 hours, over 200 people would be served a hot meal. We usually helped serve breakfast and either lunch or dinner. I would have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable experiences on the trip. Everything from wearing hair nets to getting random smiles/hugs made waking up at 6am to serve breakfast manageable.
Elderly Home-Though I did not get to experience the elderly home I heard that they helped serve meals and made signs in Chinese. Apparently lots of erasers were destroyed from the Chinese signs.
Ohana Time- An intentional time of getting to know each other on a deeper, more intimate level. Often including delicious food and candles J
Committee meetings- everyone is split up into different committees (ex. small group, ohana time, social, etc). We use this time to plan what we will do during the times.
Group Social- I got the honor to lead this team with Clarence and Tyler (staff); then later with the Victoria, Sabrina, Malachi, and Bee (student leaders). The purpose of this was just to plan a time where people can relax, have fun, and get to know each other. Together we planned group games, a trip to the SF Giants game, July 4 fireworks, a scavenger hunt, and a farewell dinner.
Men’s/Women’s Time- I cannot speak for the men, but woman’s time was nothing short of life changing, at least for me. I was so encouraged by the vulnerability of the women and somehow that vulnerability made each woman more beautiful.
Group Outreach- I also got to co-lead this part of project with 2 wonderful people, Chris and Matt; then later with Michelle, Kalia, and Nick. Let me tell you, these planning times were crazy fun! I don’t think I screamed or laughed that much for any other planning time IN MY LIFE. Together we planned an outreach at Golden Gate Park, at our Hostel, and at a college.
Small group- I had to opportunity to facilitate a small group with four lovely students (Sabrina, Nancy, Shela, and Kalia) from all over the US. It was so amazing to hear about how differently the same God was moving in different lives. These women are amazing.
Training- twice a week we had a time of specialized training. I got to train the students on how to share their testimony. Must say I was so incredibly nervous but I definitely felt the Spirit take over when thoughts that I never thought came out of my mouth. God be good J
Experiential Learning- This was a time that we went out and experienced the different aspect of the city so we would know and love it better. The first week we broke up into smaller groups and each group went to explore and survey the people living in the different districts. The following weeks we would focus on small parts of the city.