After an intense week in Tahoe at Stanford’s end of the year conference, we basically jumped straight into orientation for BAyUP. Some of us didn’t even do any laundry in between and have been reusing camp clothes. *cough*chrisnathanandsarah*cough* But despite being in desperate need of some showers, we were all pretty pumped for the next six weeks together. We all came in fresh off of seeing God move powerfully in us and through us at Summer Conference and we were ready for anything.
So we arrived earlier this week and have been getting a crash course on the city of Oakland ever since. Alongside the other BAyUP teams (from Cal, UC Davis, and Chico St.), God has been speaking to us all about his heart for different people and parts of the city. We’ve begun to explore issues of homelessness, immigration, and sex-trafficking. Through scripture, experiential learning exercises, and exploration we have started to engage with the city through the lens of some of these people. God has forced us to engage with issues of justice on a deeper level than ever before. He has been breaking our heart for what breaks his.
We’ll share more after orientation is over, but it has been intense! In all honesty, we have been overwhelmed and exhausted at times, but each day the Lord has given us what we needed to continue engaging.
Pray for continued energy and excitement. Pray for open hearts to what God has for us. And pray that we can be regularly reminded of God’s love for us and his love for the city of Oakland.