This morning we went on a prayer tour of Washington, D.C. Our guides took us around to different neighborhoods and told us about different challenges that the city faces. Along the way, we saw an amazing view overlooking the city, the Capitol, and the White House. As we were stopped near the White House, we saw Marine One land.
Today was our first day of doing work for the mission trip. What our day consisted of was a prayer tour of Washington D.C., which all of us did. We went to one of the poorest parts of the district called Anacostia (that is what I think it was called). We also went to a place that had gentrification happen to it, where I did not see as much people experiencing homelessness as I saw in Anacostia. Then we split up to do work. The group I was in went into to Maryland to help a partnered organization (with CSM) called ‘A Wider Circle’. Through the prayer tour, I was surprised that places can change so much through gentrification, which may seem good, but it kicks out the people that were there before. To me, it brings up the question on how we create a better place that is able to benefit everyone. Next, when we helped A Wider Circle, I realized that even though people who are experiencing homelessness should be thankful for anything they get, it is not good to give them things that you would not like either (if this makes sense). –Daniel
On our first official day of the mission, the whole group went and did a prayer tour of Washington D.C. On the prayer tour, we went to places such as the national mall and one of the poorer parts of the city (I forget what it is called). After the prayer tour, we split up into two groups (group 1 and group 2). My group (about half of group 2), went to a hospital as visitors and visited people in the hospital. The first person we visited was a police officer and had been a smoker for 40 years. He said that he wants to just stop smoking, but he said he could not and had the urge to smoke after eating and in the morning. We prayed for him to stop smoking and for God to just help him. We also went to a park after and some of my group played tag, but I decided just to sit in front of a slide for no reason. I learned that people should not be judged based on where they are or how they smell, because they always have an interesting story behind it. –Alexandre
Written by students on SBJA's mission trips to Washington, D.C., in 2018 and to Costa Rica in 2017.