Team East – Taking It To the Street(Wise) – July 5th

Today was Team East’s first full day of ministry at Urban Hope. A unique part of this tour is that we get to be at Urban Hope for their first StreetWise conference. The conference focuses on how to interact and share the gospel with people of different cultures and classifications. This morning, StreetWise had its first session on reaching unchurched people, and the rest of the day was geared towards putting that into practice.
Before the session, students had time to spend some quiet time with the Lord. Afterwards, there was a time of worship where those from Urban Hope led in a few songs. The training session then took place as Jason and James Holt took turns sharing why and how we should be reaching out to the lost.
After the training session, the team was split in two groups: one bound for South Street and one for Reading Terminal Market. The students then mixed with other StreetWise attenders to go to the two different locations, and they spent the afternoon intentionally seeking out conversations with people. Some were able to get into deep conversations about life, and others were able to clearly explain the gospel to people.
There was a short debriefing time once all arrived back at Urban Hope. Then dinner began, as those from the church served us. Following dinner was another short training session to discuss the evening activities. The team then loaded up and headed out to a neighborhood to hand out slices of pizza and invite people to church. This was another cool opportunity where people got to initiate conversations and share the love of Christ.
Some debriefing followed, and, once that finished up, students were able to call home. This rounded off the activities for the day, so students enjoyed having a little down time to spend together.
All in all, it was a pretty good day. Students are initiating and continuing to learn how to bridge conversations to spiritual matters. Pray for us as we continue to interact with StreetWise and learn more about how to share truth with those who need Jesus.

Heading to South Street

Heading to South Street


Angie and Isaiah share their testimonies

Angie and Isaiah share their testimonies


The group that went to Reading Terminal Market takes time in prayer for those they have encountered

The group that went to Reading Terminal Market takes time in prayer for those they have encountered


Ed speaks with the group that is returning from South Street

Ed speaks with the group that is returning from South Street


Passing out pizza slices in order to start up conversations with people.

Passing out pizza slices in order to start up conversations with people.


Everyone hears from Luis during debriefing

Everyone hears from Luis during debriefing


Passing out pizza to families that we meet on the street.

Passing out pizza to families that we meet on the street.


Everyone is able to write the names down of someone that they have a conversation with.

Everyone is able to write the names down of someone that they have a conversation with.