The Big Tess and Lil E Show
What up gangstas?! Big Tess and Lil E here representing the LA headlights gang. Despite the complaints and “are we there yets,” we did arrive safely at our destination in East Los Angeles with only one hospital admittance (minor ear infection, but on the mend) and several cases of food poisoning from a taco stand that shall remain anonymous.
We spent our first night in the Dolores Mission School Library. “The Dolores Mission is a parish created in “the Flats” east of downtown Los Angeles, that is dedicated service to the poor, the immigrants, and to social justice. Dolores Mission provides extensive opportunities and services to counteract the neighborhood’s negative circumstances and positively impact the community.” The Dolores Mission parish school is an extension of the church for kindergarten through eighth grade students in the surrounding neighborhoods. This allows children a safe place to go and gives them faith, hope, and the necessary education for a promising future.
When we first arrived we took a tour of the mission grounds and then attended mass in Español. That evening half of our group assisted Lady of the Valley prayer group in serving the homeless dinner. We were able to sit down and share the meal with them as they shared their stories and struggles with us. After dinner, we walked over to the plaza by the church (which houses homeless men at night) and played guitar and sang with several of the men. They were full of joy and hope and delighted in singing and laughter.
Please continue to pray for us and all those we encounter.
God is calling-
Tessa & Ella
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