Day 1 Report

September 8, 2005

The conversations began last night when we arrived at Jared & Regina’s place, talking around the fire pit. Finally got to bed around 2:00.

Watched the second half of the Coneheads movie on TV before heading to The Bridge. This is my 3rd Soliton but I had no idea what to expect, and was not disappointed. The first thing we did was break into assigned groups of people we didn’t know and split up for lunch. Good conversations.

The second thing we did was learn to walk the city with the eyes of God. These were our instructions from Mark Scandrette:

  • Creator, show me where your presence and glory are already present in this place and among these people.
  • Creator, help me to think your thoughts and feel your feelings for the people and places I see.
  • We want to see your kingdom come and your will be done, here and now, as it is in heaven.
  • We come against the spirit of darkness and shadow here in the name of Jesus.
  • May your peace and prosperity be on this place and these people.

We walked around Ventura for a couple of hours, taking notes to turn into a worship poem. Here’s mine: (It all really happened on the walk.)

The recycle man collecting his cans
The Armenian couple married for 35 years
Affluent surfers walking on ancient sands
Drunken Michael quoting John 3:16 with the vacant stare of hopelessness
How you love them all, flowers among the smell of urine
Each has a name and a story
Each is somebody’s child
Amidst the unending sound of surf
The abandoned church is converted to a bed & breakfast
I wonder if offering bed and breakfast makes a better church
Starbucks is "making a difference"!
Can I? How?
What can I offer Broken Tom except for my ear and my touch?
And all the while in front of the surf
The drunk sings loudly,
"I’m looking for a miracle in my life"

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

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