San Diego Trip Updates

Written by stephaniek on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized - No Comments

Wednesday 7/29

The past 2 days have been busy and productive!  We have loved seeing many of the same children returning each day and bringing new friends.  They are having a great time playing soccer and are doing remarkably well singing the songs and listening to the bible stories, despite the language barriers.  Sometimes I find myself wondering what, if anything, they will learn from our teaching but the Lord keeps reminding me of Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

It’s not our job to produce a product that shows immediate results. It’s our job to love these kids, share God’s word and trust His promise that those words will not return empty, but accomplish what He desires.

Thank you for joining us on this trip.  I hope you look at their faces and know that you played an integral part in their story.  They are beautiful and full of life and potential.  Thank you for helping us share God’s love with them.  –Katie Petrella

Tuesday 7/28

Yesterday was a wonderful, FULL day. Our numbers were about the same at camp- both new faces and returning ones. We were able to connect with them more than the first day and also with some of the parents who stayed to watch. One girl, Lana (about 12), is very skeptical about God and thinks he’s scary. Yet returned and brought a friend! She was excited about the pizza party Friday night and promised to attend. Scott is doing a great job telling the stories each day and the kids are slowly learning the motions for our songs even if they don’t understand the words.

After camp, we went to lunch in Little Italy at Blue Water Seafood which we’ve seen on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. It was wonderful and so was our time of fellowship with Bradford and the kids. We walked around the nearby Waterfront Park then rushed back for afternoon activities. The Sims family canvassed the neighborhood with Stephen again while Katie and I cleaned out their garage. It was piled high with bags of clothes and other typical garage junk, but we were able to empty and organize all that was on the floor. The Phelans were thrilled and said it was a weight lifted off their shoulders. The Sims help load stuff and took it to a charity drop off. Seven o’clock meant it was time for a quick bite at In and Out Burger on the way home- we’d missed the hotel meal. Showers and beds never felt so good!! We look forward to another day but will rest after lunch today so have energy to finish strong.

Thanks for your prayers and support!!  –Tara Thomas

Monday 7/27

Today was the first day of soccer camp and it went great!  After walking the neighborhoods yesterday and handing out invitations we were hoping to have around 70 kids this morning.  We had 112 show up!  They ranged in age from 4-14 and most of them walked up on their own, without parents.   That has been one of the most eye-opening parts of the trip so far.  The majority of these kids speak limited English (some not at all) and they roam the streets and parks all day while their parents are at work.  It is a diverse neighborhood and we had kids speaking Spanish, French, Swahili, Vietnamese and other languages we haven’t identified yet.

We loved having an opportunity to love on these kids – to see them laughing and smiling while playing soccer, to feed them snacks and most importantly to tell them about Jesus.  We were able to teach them some simple songs which we trust will stick with them long after camp is over.   Please pray these kids will all return tomorrow!  –Katie Petrella

Sunday 7/26

Today was packed and it’s late, but I wanted to share a few pictures.  We attended church this morning at Bridge and spent the afternoon inviting children to soccer camp.  We went door to door through many apartment complexes and neighborhoods and handed out free Popsicles outside the elementary school where the camp will be held.  The kids on our team did a great job making the posters and connecting with the kids who came by.  They even started an impromptu soccer game in the parking lot with some of the local kids who promised they would come back for camp tomorrow.

Thank you for your prayers!  –Katie Petrella