CE National sponsored a Grace College GO Encounter trip to Urban Hope Training Center in Los Angeles, March 4-12. The team consisted of 18 participants and had many opportunities throughout the week. The group had training sessions from Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), Urban Hope LA Director Timothy Lansing, and Pastor Rick Cartagena.
The team’s first ministry stop was at Saddleback’s food pantry distribution center. The team helped package and sort food, load and unload trucks, and much more. They also used a scavenger hunt on Second Street to initiate conversations with people, performed manual labor at the Urban Hope facilities, helped homeless people on Skid Row with Fred Jordan Mission, and homeless ministry with Urban Hope under the Fourth Street bridge.
The team did some sight-seeing, including eating at In-N-Out burger and Carl’s Jr., visited the Santa Monica Pier, Saddleback Church, Mosaic Church, Hollywood, and the Griffith Observatory.
The purpose of this trip was to train students how to effectively be friendly toward people, initiate conversations, ask for their story, share their own, and, ultimately, share the hope of Jesus with that person.
Chris Morehead, Go Team student leader said, “We were stretched in so many ways. We saw a lot of hurting people this past week, and the students were deeply moved by the stories and circumstances they were introduced to. The team’s true passions and strengths were brought out in this trip, and that was extremely encouraging to witness. We had some quieter people on the team, but by the end of the trip they had grown so much, along with the people who aren’t as quiet. The team had a wide range of personalities, and, luckily, all those personalities got along very well. We were excited and encouraged to see all the improvements and growth that could occur. The Lord blessed us greatly on the trip and taught us so much!”
If you would like to learn more about Urban Hope LA, visit urbanhope.net/la.
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