"Don't be afraid to take the necessary time to learn."
This was the advice from staff in New York City where Whitney's team traveled to learn about other strategies to connect with millennials in city contexts. While there Whitney had the opportunity to visit friends in Boston, where she was snowed in! This was a first for Whitney and a learning opportunity in and of itself!
What does it look like to add value to our context?
This question has been resonating in our hearts since our learning trip to NYC. There are MANY organizations, churches, and businesses in cities like San Francisco and New York that seek to better people's lives or situations. But are we adding value to the city? Are we adding value to people's lives? If we aren't, should we even be here?
In this era, value seems to be measured in dollars or in immediate satisfaction. Please pray with us and ask God to show us how He values us, those we serve (young adults living here in San Francisco and the Bay Area), and the city context.
Some of our students after our first meeting of 2017! :) via Instagram
This month we started a Bay Area-wide small group with our students! Students from all over (UC Berkeley, College of San Mateo, USF, and SF State) stuffed into our studio apartment and dreamt about bringing Jesus to our communities. We were so encouraged to hear their hearts seemed even more emboldened to share the gospel than before! It reminds us that God is always at work--especially when we walk with Him together! We'll be meeting weekly with these students (and any they choose to invite!) to create a safe space for us to learn about God and others together! Please pray for us!