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By Charles AjalatI’ve just come home from the FOCUS North America YES trip to the Fred Jordan Mission on skid row in Los Angeles and am still so excited I want to capture part of what happened for our supporters and Board members.
Friday night after getting settled in at the Fred Jordan Mission (sleeping bags on the floor, with guys in one wing of the 4th floor and girls in another wing), we saw a short video on the Fred Jordan Mission, had further briefing and then “hit the streets (in the rain mind you!)” interacting with the working poor and homeless in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles and the four streets surrounding this large park. We broke into groups of four or five. Each group was given $3 for each member of the group and $3 for one homeless or working poor person that they would invite out to dinner. Not more was given because part of the teaching was that those without resources wouldn’t be able to spend more and neither would we. Creative sharing was done and it worked beautifully. Many bought foot-long sandwiches at Subways for $5.00 with the sandwiches cut in half, so the sandwiches only cost $2.50 each but still were plenty of food. With any left over money, juice boxes for $1 were also bought.
During much of that “free time,” I had the honor and privilege of visiting with Willie Jordan, the wife of Fred Jordan, both of them founders of this great mission. (Fred passed into eternal life a number of years ago.) What a blessing! What a woman! What love for Christ and for the poor! Exemplary. We talked with excitement about our Lord, about the ways the Fred Jordan Mission and FOCUS North America could work together, especially through her beloved son and his wife, our Orthodox Christian brother and sister, Peter and Sophia Jordan. I think those two could be as dynamic and successful a team someday as Fred and Willie have been.