As of today, October 17, we are 158 days away from leaving for San Francisco for MISSION 2018. In 158 days we’ll be arriving in this city to spend a week meeting new people, praying with them and serving them. We’ll be spending time sorting donations, meeting with seniors and serving meals. We’ll be learning about San Francisco’s specific struggles and about working with the poor and disenfranchised.
Behind New York City, Moscow and London, San Francisco is 4th in the world in terms of numbers of billionaires living within its city limits. Certainly, there are many people within the city that know what it means to have what they need… and then some. What is striking though is the vast disparity of wealth in this city.
In the Bay area, where we’ll be doing most of our work, there are approximately 35,000 homeless people. San Francisco has the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the US. The Tenderloin district, a neighbourhood within the Bay area, is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in San Francisco… it’s home to 30,000 people, including 3,500 children. Most people live in housing referred to as Single Room Occupancy’s (SRO’s), essentially a hotel room, costing about $1000 a month.
Many people view the streets as their living room space since most don’t have an actual living room. Which means the streets of this district are teeming with life as so many people spend their days outside in what is one of the most crowded areas of this city. In fact, if the rest of San Francisco were as crowded as the Tenderloin area, the city would have a population of about 3,000,000 rather than 800,000.
Within this district, the five major people groups are recent immigrants, seniors, mentally ill persons, addictively ill persons and Vietnam war veterans. Many of the people that we’ll be working with have undergone a significant amount of trauma in their lives.
We have an incredible opportunity to be a light in a dark and hurting place, will you join us? Join with our grade 11 / 12 students as they prepare to do Kingdom work in this community. Pray for our team to further develop a sense of community and camaraderie, pray for a sense of trust in one another, pray for courage to step out of our comfort zones as we speak to the sorts of people that we may not be used to speaking to. Pray for God to show us the many good works that he’s prepared in advance for us to do in this neighbourhood and that we would have the boldness to step into those situations. Your prayers are a massive support to our youth and they are deeply appreciated! Thank you!