Monday, June 27, 2011
Hello! Things have been so great.
things I have learned:
One of the biggest things I’ve learned this past week was how much I have to learn. I guess that is fitting since it’s still the beginning of the summer. This summer we’re going to be learning a lot about how to be in the city and live among the poor—to love them not necessarily by what we do but how we live. Sometimes I look back on the places I’ve volunteered or my experience being a daycamp counselor and I think that I know how to love the poor, but I’m realizing more now that it’s more just that I know how to do things or take on responsibilities that I think serve the poor. I hope that this summer I grow my heart for the people I get to know, and that I can love with not just service projects or leadership opportunities but by living in community with the poor.
Sex-trafficking is really complicated. Whether or not it’s okay is a no-brainer for most Americans, but now learning not just girls’ stories but also about the current laws and the ballot initiative process, and how well intentioned volunteers often exploit more than serve is frustrating.
Another thing I’m seeing is how obviously all this stuff we’re learning about is framed by what Jesus’s purpose on earth was. When Pastor Mike McBride spoke, he was saying how Jesus became the very lowest so that he could raise up even the poorest and most overlooked, and nobody would be beyond his reach. I’m excited to learn that seeking justice is a part of this biggest picture, and I think I’ll come back to this truth over and over again when I start to feel hopeless or disappointed or something like that.
Also I’m learning how much I love this technology fast. People are so much more real and wonderful when in real life and not on gchat (or on facebook, dad!). Also, when we’re not taking out our phones to text all the time, we trust that we’re real present with each other. And because everybody on this team is so….. free to be themselves, we find very creative ways to have fun. We spent a couple hours trying to help each other to do flips and headstands and somersaults one night. Another day we played Jenga, where each person had to remove the entire bottom row of Jenga pieces (it’s possible, you just have to be swift and anybody can do it if you believe in yourself) and losers fed each other dinner. I miss home and you all but I’m glad I have this team, and I feel really at home with them.
For dinner tonight I’m in charge! It cost $11.40 for the eleven of us!!!!!!!!! YAH! We will be eating wraps and it will be full of colorful vegetables and no mushrooms.
I crave sun-dried tomato and basil wheat thins.
Biking actually works! I can’t believe it either. Thank you for praying!
– Allyson Jue Lam. 9:26AM 6/27/11