Another Coffee from the October 1999 Deep Cove Crier
Short and Sweet:
Tips for living the abundant life
Destitution in Downtown LAYou're taking my kids where?
The idea of taking 22 Highschool and college students and six working adults to Los Angeles to do missions work for 12 days may seem odd to some but not to those who understand Christ's call to reach out to the world. On August 19, 28 servants left St. Simon's church and headed for LA California, not Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm but places like Watts, East LA, South Central, Echo Park, and Downtown LA places we hear about on the 6:00 news but never plan to visit. Three days later we pulled up to our dorms at Angelus Temple in Echo Park.
You want my kids to do what?
The following is a short list of the things we did, the places we worked and what we saw; A prayer tour of the city at night, we saw rows of people sleeping in cardboard boxes only a couple blocks from all the high class hotels and businesses; Sharing breakfast with men and women who call Macarthur park home, a park that is rampant with drugs, gangs, and guns; A church overflowing with about 2000 people praising Jesus Christ; Food Kitchens where thousands of unemployed, underpaid, and homeless men, women and children come every day for food and ministry; Victory Outreach a church that reaches out to the city's tens of thousands of gang members; Project Angel Food a programme that prepares and delivers food for people with AIDS; Food sorting and distribution centres that give food out all around the city and the world; Wyvernwood Garden Apartments, a housing project for poor mostly Hispanic families, a place where almost every teenager is in the gang (the 8th Street gang), a place where nightly gun fights and shootings are a way of life, it was here that we ran a Vacation Bible School for two year olds to 16 year olds sharing with them the Good News and Hope found in Jesus Christ; Asking homeless people to join a couple of us for breakfast or lunch, listening to their stories and praying for them.
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