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Thoughts from the Row: Updated

Hello parents, including my own,

First of all, thank you for continuing to pray for us. We have walked into some incredible situations and seen God at work. Tonight the team is tired, and so we are taking a few hours to play games, blog and be a team together.

First to update, the crew has been through some incredible experiences. Yesterday was difficult, where the team expected to walk quickly through ministries and “maximize” our time. The thing with our ministry is – the more you speed up, the more you are out of what God has called us to. So yesterday, after two very fast-paced ministries, some of the kids were frustrated with feeling like a tourist (a good feeling). I prayed yesterday (alongside many of you) for us to encounter God. What we found last night was unbelievable.

Last night we decided to head out to the Hollywood Star Walk. The experience was not for tourism, but instead for the team to watch as the transition happened from tourism to homelessness (the 6-7pm hour). We walked into a fast food place and experienced what $2 chicken night looks like. The restaurant was filled with the homeless. I encouraged the kids to slow down and to have conversations with people, and they did. We met Tony and his wife Rachel, who were sleeping on the street, and Kendra, Sam, and I prayed for them. We continued our walk, and walked with eyes wide open to the homeless amongst the glitz and glamour of the strip. Pretty incredible. God really answered our prayers as we had deep conversations about our human response to tragedy, and how God oversees all.

Today was an incredible day. We are praying for many more.

About Shaun

Most comfortable with people shorter than him, Shaun is able to leap over smaller people, medium-sized playground equipment and little barking dogs in a single bound. He is the proud father of a tall, a surfer, and a bobblehead, and is married to an incredible teammate named Michelle. As a religious education teacher and Pastor, Shaun desires to build community and discussion within the emerging generations. He is deeply passionate about digging for the 'real', and loves being around people who strive for authenticity. Shaun also happens to think that the phrase "baby bok choi" is possibly the most hilarious combination of words in the history of humanity.

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  1. Hi Amanda! this is Jillian. I miss you a lot,and we have been praying for the ministry you guys are doing. I can’t wait till you get home and tell us all your stories! Love you!

  2. Enjoy your last couple of days. Praying for good health and strength to finish well.

    Daysha I hope your writing lots in your journal. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Miss you. See you soon. Psalm 91.

    Love Mom, Dad, Darren, Brandon and Mr K.

  3. Hi Shaun,

    Thank you so much for all the work you and your chaperones are doing with the team. You’re doing an incredible work for God. I remember in the first parent meeting you had in your room you asked for prayer specifically for rest because you said you don’t rest well on these trips. So, here are a couple of scriptures for you, your chaperones and your students.
    Psalm 4:8
    “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”

    Exodus 33:4
    “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

    God Bless and sleep well,
    Mena, Greg and family

    • Amen to that, Tailleurs! Shaun, your leadership has spurred on amazing growth in each person on this team, and we are thankful for you and your family. The Lord knows how far these ripples will flow. With appreciation from the Crosses

      • And amen to this! Shaun you are such a blessing and inspiration to Willi and through him to myself and the rest of our family. Thank you. It is great to read about all the marvelous God-encounters, and from these blogs and comments I am learning better how to live for God myself.

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