LA Trade Tech. Wed. Dec.13 at 6 am.
Meet in downtown to provide free coffee and donuts to the students at LA Trade Tech during their finals week.
This was one step Tapestry wanted to take to bless our neighbors, the students at LA Trade Technical College. Seems simple enough – we start by engaging in the community. Yet, I honestly didn’t want to go; I didn’t want to engage in the community. Waking up by 5:30 am in the middle of a busy work week was the last thing I wanted to do. But, I went. And by the end of a short 45 minutes, God had completely changed my heart.
Spending the morning meeting the students (young and old) was such a blessing. Despite having finals starting at 7 am, they were happy, warm, and welcoming towards us. What a privilege it was for me to be able to interact with the students just a little bit, and to simply connect with them. While such statements may seem rather general, unrelatable or undescriptive – perhaps that’s the point. What’s cool to me is that nothing special or super “spiritual” happened. It was completely ordinary. But I think the act of participating was my way of saying “yes” to God, and He took that and through me physically being in the city, He is transforming my heart.
I was reminded that sometimes we need to say yes to God, even if we don’t want to, and He will do the rest. Though I started with asking God to help soften my heart in prayer, I couldn’t stop and wait for Him there. I had to continue on to take steps. Even just small steps of action to allow God to start truly transforming my heart; to allow Him to show me before my very eyes, His heart and love for His people. I am now excited to take baby strides with my Lord to serve and engage locally; and I never would have wanted to if I didn’t take the first unwanted step to begin with.
Eisner Health Center. Thursday Afternoon.
5 of us met at Eisner to help them distribute toys to their child patients. When we entered the room, I was surprised by the amount of toys being distributed. Toys were donated by the mayors office, council members, toy distributors, private donors and of course Tapestry. As an organization that has been in L.A. over 90 years, Eisner has developed strong partnerships throughout the city. Over 90% of the patients who use the clinic are Latino.
Passing out gifts to children and parents, I was able to see so much joy in the children’s hearts, it was a blessing to see them so happy. Although my interaction with the children and their families was brief, my prayer was that they would experience God’s love through the simple act of gift giving.
We also interacted with other volunteers and Jake, the events/social media coordinator from Eisner. He mentioned there’s always a need for volunteers so hopefully we’ll have further opportunities to work together. We invited him to our church and he seemed interested.
Thank you to all the Tapestry members that donated toys and gifts for teenagers and children. Thank you for showing love. Moving into 2018, we want to continue to build strong relationships with our neighbors and partner with organizations. Pray God will continue to lead us to those he wants us to serve and love. Each opportunity is a beginning and step. We want to be present and loving in South Park. To have opportunities to bring flourishing to the city and to share Christ’s love.
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