By Laurie Trujillo
What can we do to serve our community better?” Little did the Northern California Conference Young Adult Committee (NCC YAC) know as they prayed this how God was going to answer their question.
Led by the Holy Spirit, the NCC YAC connected with Bo Kim, homeless director at the Loma Linda University church and founder of Fusion San Bernardino Ministries (FSBM). In less than a week, and in partnership with FSBM, NCC YAC developed a full three-day ministry over Labor Day weekend. They invited all NCC young adults to Sacramento to minister to its unhoused residents.
On Friday, 25 young adults showed up. By Sabbath, over 100 were feeding and fellowshipping with this forgotten and vulnerable population. Throughout the weekend, these compassionate young adult volunteers gave away a total of 375 food bags, water bottles, hygiene kits, and GLOW tracts.
But beyond this, they did even more. “Fusion is more than just feeding the homeless; it’s about building relationships and connections with God’s people,” said Jade Tuleu, NCC YAC member who spearheaded the effort. “Jesus says in Luke 17:21, ‘for the Kingdom of God is already among you.’ I truly believe that the kingdom of God that Jesus speaks of is truly here among us. The kingdom of God is made up of all of God’s children. It’s our relationships with friends, family, and strangers—whether rich or poor, happy or sad.”
“Not only did we give people things they needed, we sat down, ate, and conversed with them,” said Vacaville/Woodland district Pastor Dan Garza, who attended the event. “We really got to know them.”