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On November 1, 2008, forty C.S. Lewis Fellows and staff participated in an “Urban Plunge” in Washington, D.C. Our hosts, through Christian Student Missions, designed a day of urban immersion to help participants better understand poverty and homelessness. For the Fellows, it was an extension of a monthly study on “Loving God and Neighbor” and an opportunity to broaden their definition of neighbor to include “the least of these.” For me, as the organizer, it was an opportunity to combine my latent passion for inner-city ministry with my love of the Fellows program—my own chance to link knowing with doing.
My first “Urban Plunge” experience occurred in 2007 as a Fellow. We spent our morning in manual labor and our afternoon engaged in conversations with homeless people in D.C. parks. It was here that God reminded me how to see people as He sees them, to put names to nameless faces, and to love them as He does. I spent time with Joe and James. My team interacted with Irene and Mike and Juan and Pete. We did not have food or money to offer them. Our gift to them was time and a chance for them to tell their stories. Their gift to us was the opportunity to hear about their lives and to interact with those who are dear to the heart of God. . .
Sarah Bruce, is a biblical counselor with Heart Song Counseling. She trained with the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and gained a Master of Arts in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. She formerly served as Director of Admission at Ambleside School. While an undergraduate student at Wellesley College, Sarah developed an interest in urban ministry through a summer project with Campus Crusade for Christ. Sarah is a mother of four and a CSLI Fellow.