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Frontlines of Urban Ministry in DC

Everything is going well here in D.C. Friday was our last day of training. This past week, we visited some of our ministry sites and concentrated on learning directions here in the city. I feel fairly confident with the directions...I'm just ready for the groups to start coming, so that I can put into practice the things I've been learning. I'm ready to jump right in there, make mistakes and learn from them.

I have a couple stories from this past week... Friday morning we got up early and went to Charlie's Place (It's a ministry that serves breakfast and gives out clothing to the homeless, the majority of the attendees were men however) We were at Charlie's Place by 6am, and I helped out in the kitchen with preparing some food, and doing some general housekeeping (cleaning dishes and shelfs, etc...) I then went out to the dining room and served grits, and then the meal. There were all types of men there, from many backgrounds. It was a real eye opening experience, I stepped back and just observed as the men were lining up to get their meal. I was thinking about how as a man it must be hard to be at such a low point, that they are without a home and taking a number to get their meal for the day. I was also thinking about how the Lord loves each and every person who was in Charlie's Place that day, and how God treasures and sees worth in each one of them as much as He does in me.

-Sarah, CSM Washington DC City Host Summer 2008