Our team of 13 students and two leaders hopped into vans and drove to Vancouver, BC. There we met up with Joe from New Beginnings and were able to partner with the plethora of ministries their church spearheads. Much of their focus is on their surrounding neighbourhood which is made up primarily of single mothers living in subsidized housing units. Many of these mothers are raising four, five or six children on their own and only have temporary live-in boyfriends who come and go. This area is so full of hurt and brokenness but also so much hope.
Much of our ministry at Potter's was coming alongside and speaking with the people who came for the services. Hearing their stories, praying with them through their struggles, sitting and eating with those whom the world has turned it's back on broke our hearts and will stay with us always. Never before had many of them painted a building while standing next to a drug dealer or walked down the street handing out roses to prostitutes as a reminder that they were beautiful in God's eyes.