March 6, 2022
Prince Senior Mission Trip to San Antonio – Daily Updates
The senior class is working in conjunction with Joshua Expeditions to minister to the people of San Antonio, Texas. Please pray for the students and chaperones as they partner with local organizations to meet needs and share the love of Christ. Each day, Prince will post updates from the trip provided by high school principal Daniel Head.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH
We had another great day serving in the San Antonio community. Today went and helped at the San Antonio Food Bank. Our day was split between two shifts. The morning shift consisted of an assembly line where each student had a specific job packing a food item into a box given to a food-insecure family in the San Antonio area. This assembly line moved quickly, and in just over two hours, the students back over 1800 boxes of food which was the equivalent of over 40,000 pounds of food. Again, they did incredible work.
After lunch, the food bank had us separate food to be distributed into the community. When all was said and done, the students had sorted over 16,000 pounds of food, totaling more than 13,000 meals for families in need.
Over the past three days, the students have shown a great attitude and a willingness to do whatever was asked of them. There were times that we needed to be flexible, and the students rolled with those changes. I was so proud of them and how they represented themselves and the school.
Tomorrow will be an excursion day for the students. We will be taking a walking tour of some local caverns and then spending the afternoon at the zipline and ropes course. This will be an enjoyable day for the students.
Thank you for covering us in prayer.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8TH
This morning, we started our day at the Dream Center again. We continued to make lunches for the homeless and do some light maintenance inside and outside the Dream Center.
In the late morning, we were transported to a church on the east side of San Antonio that is a pillar to the homeless community in the area. First, the pastor shared with the students about their ministry, and then part of the group went out and picked up trash around the property while others stayed inside and helped separate and fold clothes for the homeless.
After lunch, the students were transported again to downtown San Antonio where we set up tables and gave away the clothes we had organized and the lunches we had made over the past two days. Many of our students sat and talked at length with a homeless person and heard his or her story, while others prayed for those who requested it.
After we were finished ministering to the homeless under the overpass, we went to a different portion of downtown to pass out the remaining lunches. This gave the students one final time to interact with and pray for the homeless of San Antonio. It was a powerful day for our students, and they did great.
Tomorrow we will spend the day at the San Antonio Food Bank. This is a new ministry site for us, and we will learn more about what we will be doing when we arrive in the morning.
Thank you for your continued prayer.
MONDAY, MARCH 7TH
Today was a great day of ministry for our students. We arrived at the San Antonio Dream Center at 9:00 AM. We immediately went to work making lunches for the homeless, separating and folding clothes donations, and cleaning up the property around the Dream Center. The Dream Center was hit hard by Covid, and they are still struggling to get back on top of it all. A big blessing the students gave to the Dream Center today was taking the time to help sort out all the clothing donations. They have not had the manpower to do that for many months. Getting the clothes separated will allow the Dream Center to pass the clothes out to those who need them in the community.
After lunch, a group of students rode on the bus to the homeless community where they passed out the lunches we made in the morning along with hygiene bags. We were able to talk with and pray for those in need.
Tomorrow, we will go back to the Dream Center, where we will make more lunches and finish sorting the clothes in the morning. We will take all the lunches and clothes down to tent city to pass out to those in need in the afternoon. The students will be asked to “interview” those they help to hear their stories. It will be a full day of ministry.
Thank you for all your support. Be proud of your kids. They are doing an incredible job.
Please continue to pray that the Lord will be present with the students tomorrow as we go to tent city to bless those in need.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6TH
We arrived in San Antonio safely with no issues with the flight.
We were able to meet our Joshua Expedition guide at baggage claim. His name is Spencer, and he lives in Costa Rica with his wife and two children. He has been working with Joshua Expeditions for several years.
After picking up our bags (no luggage was lost), we went to an open-air market for lunch and shopping. The students enjoyed interacting with the locals and listening to live bands.
We walked along the Riverwalk to The Alamo where we learned about history. March 6th, 1836, was the thirteen-day siege on the Alamo. The students were able to see many memorials to those who fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo.
For dinner, we ate at the Casa Rio on the Riverwalk. After a long day of travel and walking, we were all excited about a delicious dinner.
Tomorrow we will spend most of our day at the Dream Center where we will spend time making lunches for the homeless and going out on the streets to serve them.
Please pray that our students will be able to share the love of Christ with all we come in contact with this week.