Team LA-AX: Day One.
Hello, it’s Andrew. Day one has been pretty good. Traveling all day has been alright, many of the group learned a new Amish card game, which was very fun. Once we arrived to L.A. the pastor here met us with pizza and since I was starving, it was AWESOME! The one thing I and I’m sure everyone else noticed about the church its that it is very hospitable and is a very happy place. We also got a quick tour of the church and some of what goes on in it.
What got my attention the most was how some of the men who live at the church dumpster dive for orchids and nurse back to life the flowers that others threw away. I really enjoyed the analogy the pastor used with how the church does the same thing with people and how the church teaches that even the people who have been “thrown away” can be nursed back and feel better and become “beautiful” again. That really struck a chord with me.
Another interesting thing to me was the Gypsy community at a bible study. They seemed to be really happy and very welcoming. Seriously, they were some happy people. Also, it was interesting how they incorporated their culture into the way they practice.
Like the Gypsy community, the church itself is very welcoming and the doors to the church are much more inviting than the other bared doors around the neighborhood. Again, everyone here seems to be very nice and I think that this week is going to be sweet and I know I will learn a lot. It is now time for sleep because it was been a long day full of traveling! Peace yo