On the streets of San Diego, 60 of Santa Fe Christian’s eighth grade students joined New Vision Church and served the homeless, impoverished and disenfranchised by performing a variety of service projects.

SFC Middle School students cleaned and organized bins at New Vision’s food distribution center and then distributed groceries to hundreds of people. They also packed bags with food, water and socks and took the filled bags to the streets to distribute to the homeless.

The hope is that by working together, kids get out of their comfort zone, examine their  judgements about the homeless, and operate as the hands and feet of Jesus. At the end of the weekend, they actually have a shift in perspective. Sarah Oberst, an eighth grade SFC student recounts one experience she had on the trip, “Going out on the streets, I had the mindset that I was going there to be a light to the people I met, but had no idea how much their stories and lives would impact me.” Sarah was moved by the humility and gratitude of those much less fortunate than herself, “When I asked the people I met on the streets if there was something I could pray for them about, I was surprised by how many of them asked for prayer for those around them that were in more need, or just in general needed help.”

The mission continues. New Vision Christian Fellowship follows up on connections made by mission teams to provide ongoing, year-round ministry and maximize the valuable resources coming into the community through urban mission trips.