St. Andrew’s has many ministries that help people connect and grow. One of these is our support of City Impact through service-based missions trips. City Impact exists to share Jesus Christ with the people of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. It was birthed out of one man’s vision to intervene on behalf of the forgotten poor of the city. The program trains and empowers volunteers to engage with a diverse community through its street ministry, adopt-a-building program, rescue mission work, elementary school, social enterprise, and more. Participation in this ministry brings us face-to-face with the disadvantaged and helps us to develop the gift of prayer with a heart of grace.
Michelle Wendell is a leader in this ministry and her husband Dan shares how Michelle created space for a woman named Stacey to belong and grow into a servant leader. A friend turned to Stacey for help because of her reputation for kindness. “Stacey’s involvement in City Impact led to a leadership role,” says Dan. “…she became known as ‘one of those people’ who care for the homeless and hurting. Through this reputation, she was approached by a friend who needed to talk to someone without judgment for their outside appearance. Stacey was able to teach, counsel, and share compassion. “Stacey now sees how God is willing to use the imperfect ‘us’ to accomplish His work, to share love, and to continue to foster a sense of belonging among non-believers.” It all starts with a willingness to serve!