Just 15 hours after returning from Alaska, we left to go on our first trip with the training school. The drive to Toronto took about 12 hours, but the road trip provided great opportunities to get to know the 14 people we’d be spending the next 9 months journeying with.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus says these words at the beginning of his ministry. It seems almost like a mission statement, as he spends the next 3 years doing all of these things. Then in Acts 1 when Jesus gives his final commission, right before he ascends back to Heaven, he tells the apostles to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea & Samaria, and to the end of the earth. The rest of the book of Acts then tells how the apostles carried on the ministry of Jesus.
As a people, we in the training school are posturing our lives so that we can be on mission with Jesus. But part of this journey requires that we first look to see who are the poor, captive, blind & oppressed among us. We have been trained in this world to ignore those who live on the margins– and so this first trip to Toronto allowed us to open our eyes, hear stories, and to begin to see the world through the eyes of Jesus.
We spent 6 days walking the streets of Toronto, meeting many different people & understanding parts of their story. We also learned how to eat communally, often having only $1 or $2 each to buy an item to bring back to share with the group. Shockingly, we never went hungry. There was always enough.
This was a great first trip and opened our eyes, but also allowed us to get to know each other well. Since our trip to Toronto, we’ve begun our morning class time, where we continue to discuss and learn. We do have a few more trips lined up, including a return trip to Toronto later in the year.