As we pray and transition away from a campus only minded ministry, our team asked, “How do we help students develop eyes to see and hearts to pursue God’s love for this city? Our team came up with Second Saturdays! On every second Saturday of the month, we take a group of students through a different neighborhood to explore some of its history and culture in hopes that its beauty and brokenness would be reflected to our students. Last semester, we visited 3 different neighborhoods. In October, I lead one through a tourist popular neighborhood, Japantown. This one also happened to occur during Fall Retreat so we had schools from San Jose and Sacramento join us. During briefing, in the picture above, I asked the students, “How many of you have been to Japantown?” Almost everyone raised their hands. Then I asked, “How many of you know the spirituality or adversity that occurred in Japantown?” No one raised their hands. We read Acts 17:10-21 to look at Paul, who exemplified our heart for Second Saturdays. In verse 16, Paul waited in Athens for Silas and Timothy to join him. While waiting, Paul observed his surroundings and his spirit was “provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.” I shared that Paul did not passively wait, but instead, became a student of the city. In the following verses, Paul went into the synagogue to reason and share about Christ and the resurrection. Afterwards, we drove to Japantown to visit different historical and religious landmarks. We wanted our students to see that when Paul entered a new neighborhood, he observed and then responded. My hope is that through events like Second Saturdays, our students would imitate Paul’s mindset, be led by the Spirit, and respond appropriately with the gospel.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
Praise the Lord for:
- All the relationships our team has made with churches and other ministries in the city
- His strength and grace that’s been given to us during this difficult season for our housing
- The opportunities we received to extend God’s love to others in San Francisco
- Our students who love the Lord, like Ernest, who actively seeks ways to love others in his fraternity
Please pray for:
- Our team to continue to hear more of God’s vision for our ministry
- A healthy rhythm that recharges and draws Katie and me closer to the Lord
How can we pray for you? We’d love to hear from you!