Talitha Phillips, Westside Pregnancy Clinic
(Serve the City volunteers moved the WPC’s Resource Center to a new location and prepped the new space.)
The volunteers were incredible! They accomplished more than we could have imagined and did so with servants’ hearts. We were blown away by everyone’s willingness to step in, and to go above and beyond what was originally asked of them. It was such a blessing to work with Serve the City again this year. Serve the City was such a sweet picture of the body of Christ working together to LOVE this city. And our new office space at Cornerstone is a continuation of this. This new space is being donated not just to save the clinic money, it’s an opportunity to continue to pour into the lives of women and men who’ve chosen to parent the babies, or place them for adoption or to heal from a past abortion….and it will be done on church grounds….surrounded by people who love the Lord — hopefully changing the face of the church to the lost and the broken. It’s also an opportunity for local churches to serve throughout the year…and not just on one Saturday in July. I was blown away by the hearts of the Serve the City crew. They had no idea what a blessing they were. Cleaning out the OLD, and moving into the NEW. They truly helped lay a foundation for a new beginning for the Westside Pregnancy Clinic.
Julie Lewis, Alegria
(Serve the City volunteers held a carnival with face painting, balloon animals, story time, book donations, and college info.)
There were such wonderful interactions between the volunteers and families. Our families appreciate the kindness and compassion demonstrated. A true spiritual experience for all who were there. These events are an opportunity for our families to experience discipleship “in action”. The volunteers are patient, friendly, and appropriately affirming to all they come in contact with. A table for prayer was set up for those wishing to participate. One woman has had a difficult time lately and the volunteers at the table were able to pray with her in Spanish. She was grateful to have them pray with her and walked away at peace, very happy. Also, the college info/preparation table was well received by our teens!
Leslie Kita, PCC, Project Leader- Door of Hope
(Serve the City volunteers provided landscaping help by weeding, trimming bushes, and transplanting an herb garden.)
I loved seeing the way the Lord brought everything together. I don’t know anything about gardening, so I was initially a little worried about missing some of the details, but David Niisato did a great job making sure we had everything we needed. Also, because I’m not knowledgeable, I was concerned about finishing on time (not too short and not too long) but it all worked out well and the volunteers had time to take a break for a tour of the facility as well. I was so encouraged by the enthusiasm from the leaders of the Chinese Lutheran church. There was an older gentleman who volunteered with the younger people and he was so excited to be there with the other volunteers from his church. The pastor also stopped by. He too was excited to hear how the members from his church were enjoying this opportunity to serve in the city. He is looking forward to partnering with us again.