The TL: Wednesday 1:04am

Wow. What an amazing day. Our whole reason for being here is VBS. Today we had our first day of four days running VBS. I think that it went well. Most of us don’t have an incredible amount of experience running a VBS, but we all just jumped in and ran with it. It was a little disappointing that more students didn’t show up, but hey, we are still here for a purpose. Dawn our resident mission director told us that Children are a pretty low priority in the TL. The moms would rather leave their kids in their SRO (Single Room Occupancy), than to have to drop them off and pick them up at church. It’s a pretty sad situation. We are hoping for more students tomorrow. God Knows. Our devotion tonight came from 1 Samuel 2 where Hannah was giving thanks to the Lord for giving her Samuel. Basically she said that “God Knows.” When things don’t seem to go your way, God Knows.

This afternoon after VBS we got the chance to walk down by Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. We also ate at In-N-Out. I think I gained 6 or 7 lbs. by just eating one meal there. Well I did get a bit carried away; I had 2 burgers with a total of 6 patties, fries, and a drink. YUM! I’m going to try to get back there before we leave. Ghirardelli Square had a dessert shop there, so we collectively ate the biggest dessert that they had. $24.95 bought us 8 scoops of Ghirardelli specialty Ice Cream with bananas, cherry’s, and other delicious goodies involved. It was consumed within minutes. It truly was delicious, and I don’t even like Ice Cream that much.

We are expanding our relationships here. I’m truly getting to know these people who are here on this journey together. I believe that we will continue to grow closer together as we share life with each other this week. Part of that happened tonight when we decided that it might be a good idea to walk back to the Church instead of take the trolley like we had on our trip toward the wharf area. I don’t know how much you know about San Francisco, but there are a lot of hills around here. We conquered them together. As we walked we saw some pretty cool things we wouldn’t have gotten to see if we would have taken the trolley. We walked down Lombard Street, passed Nob Hill, and saw the big beautiful house slowly turn into rundown government housing. We recognized that we were back in the TL by the smell of urine on the sidewalk, and the increase of homeless traffic. This is a mission field, if I have ever seen one.

Good night from San Francisco.

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