From March 11-18, 2017, Timberline College sent a team to San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. This tough area is one square mile that houses 37,000 people in low-income apartments, less than 0.5% of who attend a church. Needless to say, the spiritual and physical needs for this community are great.
To attend to physical needs for this impoverished area, the team volunteered at a thrift shop and at the City Impact school as well as helped with an event called TL Revive, in which they gave out food and clothes. They also helped with medical care.
In order to seek out the spiritual needs of the people, the team handed out chips or sandwiches during the evenings while asking people what they needed prayer for. Of course, some locals wanted prayer and were willing to share their stories, while others simply wanted the food and no conversation. Nevertheless, the team reached their goal of building relationships throughout the week. They said their time in San Francisco “challenged and pushed us, but we have grown to have a heart for this place and a heart for these people.”
In an area of the United States virtually forgotten by not just society but also by Christians, these tangible and intangible acts of love and kindness, which represent Christ so fully, will not soon be forgotten. Certainly the work that God has begun there will multiply in the future.
Thank you for your prayers for safety, provision and a deep connection to the Holy Spirit as He led this team through their daily interactions with the locals!
If you are interested to know more about San Francisco City Impact and all they do in the Tenderloin District, please visit: https://www.sfcityimpact.com/. You can also learn more about the mission by watching this 4-minute video: