Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Los Angeles: Day 4

Tuesday, July 22

On Tuesday, we had the great pleasure of spending the day in Koreatown and meeting Jae Yong Jung (bottom row, second from left), and DY Kim (top center).  They have a beautiful story, which involves DY coming to know the Lord in Jae's youth ministry, and presently includes them planting a church together in Koreatown.

We met them over lunch, a Korean BBQ.

We were ALL big fans of this!
Each table has a small grill in the middle.
They bring meat to your table for you to grill, and wrap in lettuce leaves with vegetables and sauce - it was so delicious!  This was by far my favorite meal of the week.  (Way better than In -N- Out!)

We enjoyed wonderful conversation over lunch with these two men who love the Lord and are giving, quite literally, everything they have to reach the lost.
After lunch, they took us for an authentic Korean dessert.

Think shaved ice with flavorings like hazelnut and green tea, topped with red beans.

 It is one of the sweetest things to fly across the country, sit at a table with people who were born in a country across the world, and realize that we all have the same heart, the same passion.

 After they stuffed us with delicious Korean food, they took us to visit their church building, which they recently inherited from a congregation who was dwindling.

It was pure joy to listen to them share their stories, and their heart for the people of Koreatown.

Before we left, we prayed together, and they asked us to pray in Korean tradition, in which everyone stands in a circle and holds hands, and prays out loud.  And when I say loud, I mean LOUD!  I don't know that I felt the Holy Spirit more closely on this trip than I did in that hot room, beseeching the God of heaven together.  It was very moving for the whole team.

After spending the day with our new friends, we were on the right side of town to swing by Venice Beach.  Beautiful!!  It was amazing to me to have my toes in the sand AND see mountains at the same time!

Our team!
I just thought I loved these students before this trip.

There was so much culture on Venice!  So many different languages, so much art and color, so much marijuana....but I digress.
One of the highlights of Venice was Muscle Beach!

Dan & Pudd couldn't resist!

It was really a beautiful place with lots of color and flavor.
I liked it a lot!

After leaving Venice Beach, we swung by the infamous In -N- Out for a burger!  It was a must on our California to-do list.

 We ended the evening at one of my favorite spots of the whole trip:

Griffith Park is home to Griffith Observatory, which offers a 360 degree view of the city of Los Angeles.

We made it just in time for sunset:

and to see the lights come on in the city.
It was absolutely breathtaking to see the city light up, knowing that those lights represented people....millions of them.  We stood there and looked at those lights and prayed for those people, and I was humbled to know that God is sovereign over all.  He cares for each of those people....He looks on them and loves them deeply, has great compassion for them....they are HIS, created in His image, to glorify Him forever.  My mind can't comprehend it.

Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above, and on the earth below; there is no other.  Deuteronomy 4:39

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