Monday, March 14, 2011

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

 PATH's Outreach Team helped out to move Doc & Jon, two homeless Veterans, into their new apartment last Tuesday. This is really great news for the men & for PATH because the outreach team been talking to the men for few months about getting them an apartment. So Jon & Doc decided to do it & since they were war veterans, they have benefits to help them out. They didn't have to go through a 6 - 9 months program at PATH.  So the outreach team got them off the street, Doc & John came by the Path Mall to get cleaned up Tuesday morning. The whole process started off with haircuts and shaves at the PATH Mall.  My boss Jeremy did video interview with both men while I took pictures of the men during the interview and getting their hair cut. My housemates Josh & Robert took the 2 men to their new apartment that afternoon.    God is Good. 

Click the blue link below for more pictures. 
Picture slideshow of Doc & Jon getting cleaned up.      

The winter shelters in LA will be closed on Wednesday till next winter comes. So where all the homeless people go to? Parks, alleys,, cardboard boxes, corners of buildings.  They could go to PATH shelters but they have to apply for it and enter in the 6-9 months program.  These homeless who go to winter shelters, just want to go for short term housing, not a long term housing like PATH.  So please pray for them and  for programs who help homeless clients to find a better way to help homeless even when the winter shelters is not available. 

On March 3, I had opportunity to go back to TN for few days. Thursday night, I spoke on MTSU campus at PSF to college students about Young Adult Volunteers Program & my experiences in LA.   Each year, a YAVs from Nashville site come to PSF to talk about their experiences so this time, I joined them. I am the first one from PSF to do YAV and proud to say 2 of my college buddies are joining YAV program for this coming year.  It was good to catch up with PSF alumni, my campus pastor, college friends,  3 Nashville YAVs, Nashville site Director  & of course my parents & Nanny for a 2 day stay. I enjoyed listening my Nashville YAVs's stories of their stay here & their experience of their workplace in Nashville helping the homeless. At the end of the speaking event, Pastor John gathered the group and asked for us to pray in turns whoever wants to. Several of us prayed for Current YAVs in the states & out of the country as they have 5 months left to go.  Future YAVs for the coming year, PSF's mission trip with 15 students to NC to rebuild homes. The crimes/violence at MTSU. 

Over 30 students / alumni at PSF

After the event, me & my friends went to donut shop and hang out for few hrs.  I talked to Lauren & Chad which they just joined YAV program. I am really happy for them & I told everybody, if you do YAV program, you will be truly blessed. 

Lauren done the interview with Hollywood & New Orleans site & She chose to be a part of New Orleans. Chad have not done interviews yet with the sites but checking out Northern Ireland & South Korea site. This past week, a new site director Antonio from Denver came to Hollywood to shadow Matthew "Hollywood Site director" At the end of the week, Antonio said to me, do you know Chad? I said yes.  Then he said well he is checking out Denver site. Such a small world.  AWESOME!  I ask that you pray for Chad, Lauren & upcoming YAVs as they start to prepare this new journey with this program. 

Lauren         Kyle          Chad

My buddy Scott came to visit me this past week and I had blast catching up with him and showing him around Los Angeles.  It was nice to have a break.  We did a lot of stuff from  
Eating lunch in the press box at LA Dodger Stadium (paid by the LA Dodger)
3rd row seats to Conan & saw Pee Wee Herman & got free tour at WB. 
Gave a tour at my work of PATH for Scott
Hiking up to Hollywood Sign
Played with neighborhood kids
Visited the Community set & hang out with Joel
Went to Point Dume Beach, El Matador Beach, & Venice Beach
Checked out buildings in Downtown LA & Chinatown
Ate at LA's popular hangout at PINKs (Hot Dog place)
& other stuffs.
I worked from 8 to 12 each day at PATH then hang out with Scott for the rest of the afternoon. 

I am looking forward to the next couple months, 2 of my friends Chad, Lauren 
 & my parents coming up to visit. (Different dates/times, not together) I am sad that its only 5 months left to complete this program.  I am still praying over what I am going to do after this. I am seeking advice with my coworkers, my parents, church members, and my site director about what the next best step. 

Here is a prayer list I would like for you to pray for.  It will just take few mins of your time. 

  • Lauren, Chad, Upcoming YAVs
  • Current YAVs and my housemates as we start to complete our program.
  • The people & the victims in Japan, Hawaii, & in the United State's west coast  of the tsunami effect  
  • Homeless people out in the street & Path's clients 
  • The new site director Antonio from Denver
  • My site director Matt and his family
  • People who doing Lent 
  • My family
  • Mrs. Compton & her child 
  • My prayer partner Brandon & his family
  • Joel as he take a break from touring for awhile to spend time with his sons. 
  • My friends who about to graduate in May
  • People who are lost with their faith
  • Neighborhood kids 

Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)

 7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

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