A year ago, some of you may remember that I went with a group from my church (itown church) to the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California. I think, like any good adventure, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myslef into in signing up for this.
Throughout this week last year, we worked alongside the Dream Center to go into communities they have been present in over the last two decades. Our job was to simply serve, have meaningful conversations and connections, and continue to foster the relationships they have built with these communities. Some days, it looked like going to the Veterans Hospital and throwing a carnival for those who have served out country. Or maybe it looked like walking down Skid Row, passing out toiletries and inviting people to catch a weekly ride to church at the Dream Center, offering to pray with them and simply share love and hope with them as we went. One day, we went into a housing area called the Jordan Projects, where we invited families to an antique car show at the Dream Center, and then played kickball in the park with the children we came across.
I was so amazed at the work the Dream Center is doing in Los Angeles, and am so excited to get to go again this year with a whole new group of people. This trip took me way out of my comfort zone, but in it, I found the grace to have conversations with those I might, if I’m being honest here, usually overlook with a guilty conscience.
I am so beyond thankful for those of you who partnered with me as I prepared for this trip last year, and I would love for you to consider both prayerfully and financially supporting me again this year. The total cost of the trip is $1100, and the date that all funds are due is April 1st – if you would like to donate, you can send your contribution to my paypal or thru Chase Quickpay via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or I could send you my physical address. All checks can be made to itown church with Abby Floyd LA Dream Center in the memo line.
Again, thank you SO much for your support, and for taking the time to consider joining me in this journey! I am so excited for what’s ahead.