Our iMPACT San Diego team arrived home from a week-long mission trip a few weeks ago; some of the students are sharing their stories about the trip each Friday through the end of summer break. Leave some encouragement for them and be encouraged by the way God was at work with the San Diego team!
by Trever Carter
My time in San Diego was truly one to remember. From the laughs, smiles and giggles to the tears and the prayer and everything in between, out week was very fruitful. My service site was like the rest: we served at a soup kitchen, preparing and serving meals to around a thousand of San Diego’s homeless. We also served at an assisted living center, coloring and doing crafts with the older generation. Or days were ended at the San Diego food bank — a large facility that supplies food to over 300 non profit organizations in the San Diego area.
One of the coolest moments of the trip for me was at the end of our time at Youthworks. By the end of the week I was tired, worn out and sad to see our trip coming to an end. One of the Youthworks staff ended the night by preaching on empowerment, describing the scene in the Bible where Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. While I thought he was only going to reference this area of the Bible, he took it to the next level. The Youthworks staff physically proceeded to wash our leader’s feet, pray over them and have them wash our feet, and so on. The visual representation of actually lowering yourself to someone else in order to serve them moved me in a big way. As Jesus served his disciples, we are to serve others as well. A physical representation of not only the cleansing power Jesus offers but the demonstration of serving was one I will remember forever.
My big take away from the trip if I was only allowed to have once sentence would be this: a person’s value is not determined by what they can or cannot give you; a person’s value is determined by God. This means that society’s labels, my labels and your labels are void in the eyes of God. God sees a person as lovable, important and desirable, and we should therefore have that mentality. The least of these is just as desirable as the most of us, and that has made all the difference in how I will view people.