As we continue to share updates about the high school group from Cedar Springs who’s in Chicago this week volunteering with ministries and serving throughout the city, we thought you’d enjoy details about an immersion experience from Elise McDaniel, a senior on the trip.
“Today, as part of our mission trip to Chicago, we were tasked with experiencing the city as a homeless person and to interact with homeless people. Our scenario was to imagine we had run away from an abusive home as a teen and had landed at Union Station in Chicago. How would we get our next meal with only $2.00? And where would we sleep for the night?
This was an eye opening experience for me. It was scary to think that I wouldn’t have any place to sleep that night. Most places we looked for food were just too expensive. Finally, we pooled our money as a group and bought two pizzas in a 7-11 and ate them on the street, even though it was windy and cold. We looked around and were more aware of how many homeless people were around us, who we hadn’t noticed before. I realized they are people just like me who just don’t have a home. They appreciate us talking to them and treating them as people, just as Jesus would do.”
If you missed our last story from another one of the teenagers on this trip, click here.