Today was our first full day at the Dream Center. After breakfast this morning our teams started their first ministry assignments. Half of our team went to the Angleus Temple (the church associated with the Dream Center) where they did a morning of prayer. The team was reminded of the importance of surrounding everything in prayer and how to make prayer a critical part of everyday life. They spent the morning praying for the families and people that will fill the auditorium this week at church and they prayed for this coming week of ministry.
The other half was sent to distribute food to those in low-income neighborhoods. The team was sent to two different locations to bag up food, hand food out and pray for those that came to see us.
We all met up at the Dream Center for lunch and then as a whole group went to a neighborhood that the Dream Center has a constant presence in. We picked up trash, knocked on doors and invited families to church and to share about the other opportunities that the Dream Center offers. The Dream Center has been making weekly visits in this neighborhood every Tuesday for the last 20 years. It is amazing to see how that constant presence makes a difference in conversations and interactions with people who live there.
Several of our students had the opportunity to pray with many people who have a variety of needs – our students did a great job today of stepping out of their comfort zones and trusting the Lord to give them the confidence and the words they needed to be able to share with a variety of people today.
Family groups headed out in the city tonight exploring more of LA and the surrounding areas. Tomorrow is another full day of ministry for us so pray for good rest and endurance for tomorrow. The sun is very warm and we have several students with bright pink cheeks from the sun. Thanks for praying for safety from sunburns and dehydration challenges from being outside all day.
God is at work and it is fun to see Him working in the lives of our students and leaders.