Si se puede!

Yes we can!…rough it in San Francisco.

The Man Cave

In all seriousness, outside of our little world in the Youth With A Mission housing, we are having a great time (after 19 hours of traveling, its easy to have a great time!)

Camping out at DFW airport

Sleepover!

We finally got into San Fran around 7:00 p.m. Pacific time. We then had to take BART and walk to the YWAM facility. Luckily, the saved some food for us!

Finally dinner time

Today we met with the fabulous Rev. Debbie Lee and discussed immigrant rights. She told us about a college student named Steve Li who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement even though he had lived here nearly his whole life. He was detained because he was born in Peru, but he went to school in San Fran. ICE arrested and none of his friends knew where he was for 66 days. ICE took him to multiple detention centers in California and Arizona. He worked in the kitchen for 8 hours a day for only $1, which he put towards phone calls that cost $6 a call. He was eventually released and is the face of the Dream Act.

Rev. Lee then took us to a domestic worker rally and we heard first hand about the injustices many domestic workers face at work, such as no overtime pay. They are mostly women and immigrants, so the hardships of working over 8 hours a day, and not being guaranteed sleep if they are live in workers, hit even harder.

Women at the rally for the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

After the rally, we spontaneously hopped on the bus to go to a United Church of Christ worship service at City of Refuge church. This church is welcoming towards of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender community. It was also racially diverse and was unlike the worship services many of us are familiar with. This church had their transgender gospel choir featured in the documentary The Believers.

What a looker!

We then went exploring, had Turkish coffee, and got caught in the rain.

It rained all day!

Post text by Robbie Maris and Laura Cebula. Photos by Tanyr Seay and Nyk Allen.

1 Comment

  1. Linda Maris
    March 7, 2011    

    Thank you for your post! I am so excited for your group and to hear how God uses you this week. As you know you will get more from this trip than what you give. You will come home with many stories and with a more compassionate heart.
    We are praying for all of you here in Wisconsin and pray that in you see God’s face in those that you meet this week. God bless you all.

    For the LORD is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.
    Psalm 11:7