On Thursday, August 24, 19 youth and 10 adults from St. Michael’s served a few hundred of Portland’s most vulnerable citizens under the Burnside Bridge. We had youth hosting guests, socializing with them and making sure the area was clean, as well as serving them food, passing out and sewing clothes, and washing the feet of the guests. We began the evening at Liberation Street Church on SW 2nd and Burnside, and then went under the Burnside Bridge and became the hands and feet of Jesus, serving the “least of these” in our community.
The youth learned, among other things, that a lot of homeless people in Portland often go an entire week without anyone making eye contact with them. They also learned that promises aren’t always explicitly stated, that we often make them unknowingly without realizing it and that many homeless people come from a world of broken promises. They learned the value of friendship and community while serving one of Portland’s most at-risk populations.
An evening at Night Strike for adults has been scheduled for Thursday, November 2. Please contact Hans Carter if you are interested in participating.
Read more about this important program here.