Mission Denver 2011 – Update 1

Posted: June 21, 2011 in Mission Denver

“We’re all gonna die of sodium intake and high nitrates!”

by Olivia Hill

Hello to all parents, family members, and friends! It’s break time in the Mission Denver house and the perfect opportunity for our first blog post!

Since leaving you all on Sunday evening, we have safely arrived in Denver. However, the trip here was…interesting to say the least. We cleverly named our vans “The Beauty” and “The Beast.” We arrived in our hotel too excited to sleep late Sunday night, but we were all up by 6:00 for breakfast and on the road by 7:00. Then, the seemingly endless plains of Nebraska. After hours of games, jokes, and friendship bracelets, we finally glimpsed the mountains of Colorado.

As soon as we arrived at the house, we settled in and immediately went to get debriefed and meet David Cederquist, the leader of Mission Denver. Within the first hour, we were already being challenged in ways we did not expect. It was going to be a long week…

After supper, Dave spoke to us some more. More than anything, he wants us to “really experience God” in a whole new way. Going through a prayer walk in the community, walking down the streets, seeing the kids playing on sidewalks, and seeing the beautiful trees and flowers, I think I can speak for us all that this neighborhood of Whittier was not what we were expecting. It’s beautiful in many ways, but saddening when we see extreme poverty and extreme wealth side by side. After the prayer walk, we all got back into the vans and got ready for the early morning.

Several of us were up before the sun today serving breakfast in two different shelters. However, due to space issues, only some were able to go—the rest will go tomorrow. Surprisingly, many people found it fun despite the early wake-up time.

This morning consisted of: breakfast, devos, and off to a church for the homeless forum. With Dave, we read through scriptures showing God’s love for the poor and how we, as the church, are to serve them. We were then able to talk with several people who are currently homeless. I think I can speak for all of us when I say the forum transformed the homeless into actual people in our minds. It took away the zoo animal effect and we were able to see them as people that God loves and cares for, not just dirty unfortunate people living on the streets. We were struck by them. We split up into groups and prayed over all of them. They were all such sweet people and they really appreciated us taking the time to listen to them.

After lunch, Dave went over some instructions for the Bible Clubs tonight and the reading project we’ll be doing Wednesday and Friday. Afterwards, we went into the community and went door-to-door handing out fliers inviting the kids to the Bible Clubs. Some of us were apprehensive, but we all got the hang of it after a while. The people here are very friendly and love talking to whomever they meet.

At this point, I think we’ve been all caught up. We’re currently sitting in the house playing Catch Phrase (loudly) and waiting to go to the community center to get set up for the Bible Clubs tonight. We’re really praying for this community and that through what we’re doing here, God would be glorified. We miss you, love you, and can’t wait to tell all the stories we have when we get home. Thank you all for the support and prayers!

Here’s a funny video!

  1. Fireman Rob says:

    Hey Teens…we are praying for you. Erin… Daddy will be going to Council Bluffs to help with public information for the flooding there. So I will be joining you in LONG DAYS…. We both can catch up on rest after next Monday. I will be getting home about the same time you do. LOVE YOU!!!

  2. jennyjoline says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Thanks for the updates! Keep them coming! Dan said you served 189 people breakfast this morning – that must have been interesting. I’m praying for you all…and miss you too! Wish I could be there!

  3. scott says:

    Rachel its summer, you CAN take off that sweatshirt

  4. Sandy says:

    Love the video. Looks like you were having fun on the trip. We’re praying for you that God will work His grace in and through each of you this week.
    Sandy B. (Yes Liz and Tats, it really is me and I accomplished the sending of this reply myself)

  5. Sommer says:

    WOOT WOOT! party in the van! Hope you keep having fun 🙂

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