Thursday, April 12, 2007

Calgary Trip 07

We are back! WOW...so many things flying through my mind at mach speed, trying to explain this 5 day trip... We arrived in downtown Calgary and stayed in the downtown Jesus Loves You Society Church, the church is run by a guy who gave up mega church status, and is simply living and loving the hurt, in one word he describes his ministry as simply hugging people. What an experience, working and sleeping right downtown, being able to be in the midst of poverty, addiction, prostitution... inhumanity maybe is a good word to describe what we saw it was astonishing.

I was very proud of our youth who got in and served, helped, gave of themselves so much, we did everything from sorting clothing, handing out food, leading services at salvation army helping out at the mustard seed, we walked and talked with people on the street, hearing their stories, it was powerful...

And then Sunday happened, now each day we had time in the morning and evening to spend time in sessions, in worship, in sharing, to begin the day prepared and to reflect on the day in the evening. Each session would last about an hour, an hour in a half, our Sunday session something broke in our youth, friend groups that are very common in a group of 40 broke, people were TOGETHER, and I mean really together, praying for one another, holding one another, crying for three and a half hours and they did not want to stop, it felt like we were in a moment straight out of Acts 2...I am not very 'pentecostal' and those that know me would agree, but what I had seen and been a part of that Sunday has left a significant mark in my faith journey...I don't have the words to describe and some of it is just to personal for me to share, but that time, that moment is very sacred for me.

We will be sharing and showing pictures and sharing lots more on Sunday morning, if you are interested in hearing and seeing more of the trip come on down, also if you want grab some of our youth and invade them with questions...

(here are very few of many pictures)

3 comments:

Joshua Nightingale said...

Thanks for the recap. It must have been fun, I wish I could have gone :( oh well.

Sarah Gingrich said...

Praise be to God for the special moment of His presence amongst you. What a great opportunity for the youth to get tangibly involved in kingdom work. Yay!

Paul Morgun said...

-Josh we missed you too! Hope your time in Brazil is going sweet though!

-Sarah it was unreal, thanks for your comment! Hope Chile is going sweet!