THE CAMPUS<br />
AS SEEN IN...<br />This former hospital was featured <br />in numerous movies, including <br />Patriot Games, Ghost, The U...
DOWNTOWN L.A.<br />
THE NEIGHBORHOOD<br />Crime has dropped dramatically since The Dream Center (TDC) opened.<br />
A SPOT  TO SLEEP<br />We stayed on the main floor, where <br />all the short-term missionaries are housed. The amenities i...
THE FOOD BANK<br />Local churches cometo supply their own food banks.<br />
THE FOOD MINISTRY<br />Every week, The Dream Center gives away bags of food to people in need. <br />
THE MOVEMENT<br />College students donate ten months of their lives to help.<br />
DISCIPLESHIP<br />The discipleship program is a one-year, Christ-centered program that helps adults with substance abuse, ...
DISCIPLESHIP<br />The men and women in the discipleship program stay in theseseparate, dorm-style living quarters.<br />
SERVING<br />Everyone on campus serves in <br />some way. These disciples were<br />cleaning up a house by movinga carpet ...
THE TOUR<br />Pastor Matthew Barnett gives us<br />the grand tour, starting in the main conference room, known as the War ...
SCHOOL TIME<br />Teens staying at  TDC go to class <br />in a teaching wing on campus.<br />
TEEN HOUSING<br />Dorm-style accommodations <br />for teens staying at TDC.<br />
THE CAFETERIA<br />TDC feeds hundreds of homeless people, disciples, and volunteers <br />3 hot meals a day.<br />
THE STUDIO<br />Music is a huge part of TDC’s ministry, centered in a state-of-the-art, on-site recording studio.<br />
THE REC CENTER<br />TDC runs a local gym, which is tagged with the slogan, “Kids against Crime.” <br />
JONATHAN<br />Self-described as “the worst kid the Dream Center ever had,” Jonathan now leads ministry teams into the hear...
TURKEY PREP<br />On Tuesday, we prepared food bags for the Turkey Giveaway. Each bag contains mashed potatoes, stuffing, y...
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Trucks go to 28 sites in L.A. every week, providing free bags of food<br />to 40,000 people living...
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Hundreds of people line up at each location to receive their food. <br />
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Step 1: Unload the food trucks.<br />“Many hands make for light work.”<br />
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Step 2: Place the food into easy-to-carry grocery bags.<br />
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />At some sites, the recipients help teams organize and distribute food.<br />
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Next stop: Chinatown<br />
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Sometimes, the volunteers break<br />into song.<br />
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Some volunteers liked to play<br />“keep away” with the food.<br />
MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Trash pickup was part of our responsibility.<br />
THE REACH<br />Every week, TDC runs a worship service for teens in the gym,<br />complete with mood lighting…<br />
THE REACH<br />…an incredible worship band…<br />…an incredile worship band…<br />
THE REACH<br />…lots of singing and dancing…<br />
THE REACH<br />…good ol’ fashioned preaching…<br />
THE REACH<br />…and funny stunts. These lucky volunteers raced to see who could <br />be the first to drink a soda through...
HIS HANDS<br />People line up early in the morning <br />to “shop” for free clothes at the His Hands Extended clothing min...
HIS HANDS EXTENDED<br />We sorted and arranged clothes <br />in preparation for opening. <br />
HIS HANDS EXTENDED<br />We helped people check out…<br />
HIS HANDS EXTENDED<br />…and find just the right toy.<br />
ON OUR WAY…<br />We weren’t sure what to expect on  our first trip to Skid Row, but we were happy to go and help.<br />
THE JONAH PROJECT<br />TDC works with this ministry to help people living on Skid Row. The Jonah Project provides a place ...
THE JONAH PROJECT<br />Our first job on Skid Row was handing out pizza to the homeless.<br />
THE JONAH PROJECT<br />The ever-smiling Pastor Patrick and his wife run this awesome ministry.<br />
THE JONAH PROJECT<br />Homeless people can come in everyday to pick out a change of clothes.<br />
THE JONAH PROJECT<br />Our guide Jonathan (in plaid shirt) had this to say about us: “When I heard I was taking a team fro...
FEEDING <br />THE HOMELESS<br />TDC also goes into L.A. neighborhoods to deliver hot meals to the homeless. This church wa...
PROJECT PREVENTION<br />TDC builds relationships and helps families stay together by providing them everything from food t...
PROJECT PREVENTION<br />Sometimes families just need help with the basics, like diapers or toys.<br />
PROJECT PREVENTION<br />And sometimes the kids just <br />need someone to play with. <br />
RE:scue PROJECT<br />This ministry takes in victims of human trafficking and helps rebuild their lives with hope and love....
TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />We gathered to help on the big day, when 2,000 turkeys and fixings were given away to people in need....
TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />Pallet boxes filled with food, <br />ready for the big event.<br />
TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />People started lining up the night before to get their free food.<br />
TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />After getting their food, the people walked past this line of volunteers, who clapped and cheered for...
ANGELUS TEMPLE<br />TDC has worship services every Thursday night and Sunday morning, down the street at this historic chu...
ANGELUS TEMPLE<br />Michelle, left, was our fabulous host for the week. She inspired us with <br />her passion for the peo...
ANGELUS TEMPLE<br />Pastor Matthew is incredibly dynamic, both on the stage and off, and his love for the people of L.A. i...
YOGURTLAND<br />This glorious yogurt spot was a highlight of the trip. Sadly, a store hasn’t opened in Illinois—yet.<br />
GOING HOME<br />It was a long, but wonderfully <br />life-changing, week for all of us. <br />
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  1. 1. THE CAMPUS<br />
  2. 2.
  3. 3. AS SEEN IN...<br />This former hospital was featured <br />in numerous movies, including <br />Patriot Games, Ghost, The Usual Suspects, Nixon, and Apollo 13.<br />
  4. 4.
  5. 5. DOWNTOWN L.A.<br />
  6. 6.
  7. 7. THE NEIGHBORHOOD<br />Crime has dropped dramatically since The Dream Center (TDC) opened.<br />
  8. 8.
  9. 9. A SPOT TO SLEEP<br />We stayed on the main floor, where <br />all the short-term missionaries are housed. The amenities included bunk beds (without ladders), communal showers, and…the karate kid?<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. THE FOOD BANK<br />Local churches cometo supply their own food banks.<br />
  12. 12. THE FOOD MINISTRY<br />Every week, The Dream Center gives away bags of food to people in need. <br />
  13. 13. THE MOVEMENT<br />College students donate ten months of their lives to help.<br />
  14. 14. DISCIPLESHIP<br />The discipleship program is a one-year, Christ-centered program that helps adults with substance abuse, anger management, and emotional struggles.<br />
  15. 15. DISCIPLESHIP<br />The men and women in the discipleship program stay in theseseparate, dorm-style living quarters.<br />
  16. 16. SERVING<br />Everyone on campus serves in <br />some way. These disciples were<br />cleaning up a house by movinga carpet up to the dumpster.<br />
  17. 17.
  18. 18. THE TOUR<br />Pastor Matthew Barnett gives us<br />the grand tour, starting in the main conference room, known as the War Room.<br />
  19. 19.
  20. 20.
  21. 21. SCHOOL TIME<br />Teens staying at TDC go to class <br />in a teaching wing on campus.<br />
  22. 22. TEEN HOUSING<br />Dorm-style accommodations <br />for teens staying at TDC.<br />
  23. 23. THE CAFETERIA<br />TDC feeds hundreds of homeless people, disciples, and volunteers <br />3 hot meals a day.<br />
  24. 24. THE STUDIO<br />Music is a huge part of TDC’s ministry, centered in a state-of-the-art, on-site recording studio.<br />
  25. 25. THE REC CENTER<br />TDC runs a local gym, which is tagged with the slogan, “Kids against Crime.” <br />
  26. 26.
  27. 27. JONATHAN<br />Self-described as “the worst kid the Dream Center ever had,” Jonathan now leads ministry teams into the heart of Skid Row.<br />
  28. 28. TURKEY PREP<br />On Tuesday, we prepared food bags for the Turkey Giveaway. Each bag contains mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, and veggies.<br />
  29. 29.
  30. 30.
  31. 31. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Trucks go to 28 sites in L.A. every week, providing free bags of food<br />to 40,000 people living below <br />the poverty line.<br />
  32. 32. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Hundreds of people line up at each location to receive their food. <br />
  33. 33.
  34. 34. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Step 1: Unload the food trucks.<br />“Many hands make for light work.”<br />
  35. 35.
  36. 36. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Step 2: Place the food into easy-to-carry grocery bags.<br />
  37. 37. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />At some sites, the recipients help teams organize and distribute food.<br />
  38. 38.
  39. 39.
  40. 40.
  41. 41.
  42. 42.
  43. 43.
  44. 44. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Next stop: Chinatown<br />
  45. 45.
  46. 46. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Sometimes, the volunteers break<br />into song.<br />
  47. 47.
  48. 48.
  49. 49.
  50. 50.
  51. 51. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Some volunteers liked to play<br />“keep away” with the food.<br />
  52. 52.
  53. 53. MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS<br />Trash pickup was part of our responsibility.<br />
  54. 54. THE REACH<br />Every week, TDC runs a worship service for teens in the gym,<br />complete with mood lighting…<br />
  55. 55. THE REACH<br />…an incredible worship band…<br />…an incredile worship band…<br />
  56. 56. THE REACH<br />…lots of singing and dancing…<br />
  57. 57. THE REACH<br />…good ol’ fashioned preaching…<br />
  58. 58. THE REACH<br />…and funny stunts. These lucky volunteers raced to see who could <br />be the first to drink a soda through a sock—their friend’s sock!Ahh…teens.<br />
  59. 59. HIS HANDS<br />People line up early in the morning <br />to “shop” for free clothes at the His Hands Extended clothing ministry.<br />
  60. 60.
  61. 61. HIS HANDS EXTENDED<br />We sorted and arranged clothes <br />in preparation for opening. <br />
  62. 62.
  63. 63.
  64. 64. HIS HANDS EXTENDED<br />We helped people check out…<br />
  65. 65. HIS HANDS EXTENDED<br />…and find just the right toy.<br />
  66. 66.
  67. 67. ON OUR WAY…<br />We weren’t sure what to expect on our first trip to Skid Row, but we were happy to go and help.<br />
  68. 68. THE JONAH PROJECT<br />TDC works with this ministry to help people living on Skid Row. The Jonah Project provides a place for homeless people to go during the day. <br />
  69. 69. THE JONAH PROJECT<br />Our first job on Skid Row was handing out pizza to the homeless.<br />
  70. 70. THE JONAH PROJECT<br />The ever-smiling Pastor Patrick and his wife run this awesome ministry.<br />
  71. 71. THE JONAH PROJECT<br />Homeless people can come in everyday to pick out a change of clothes.<br />
  72. 72.
  73. 73.
  74. 74. THE JONAH PROJECT<br />Our guide Jonathan (in plaid shirt) had this to say about us: “When I heard I was taking a team from a publishing company, I thought you’d be a bunch of boring nerds. But you’re so much fun!”<br />
  75. 75. FEEDING <br />THE HOMELESS<br />TDC also goes into L.A. neighborhoods to deliver hot meals to the homeless. This church was the first site we visited.<br />
  76. 76.
  77. 77.
  78. 78.
  79. 79.
  80. 80.
  81. 81. PROJECT PREVENTION<br />TDC builds relationships and helps families stay together by providing them everything from food to furniture.<br />
  82. 82.
  83. 83.
  84. 84. PROJECT PREVENTION<br />Sometimes families just need help with the basics, like diapers or toys.<br />
  85. 85. PROJECT PREVENTION<br />And sometimes the kids just <br />need someone to play with. <br />
  86. 86. RE:scue PROJECT<br />This ministry takes in victims of human trafficking and helps rebuild their lives with hope and love.<br />
  87. 87.
  88. 88. TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />We gathered to help on the big day, when 2,000 turkeys and fixings were given away to people in need. <br />
  89. 89. TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />Pallet boxes filled with food, <br />ready for the big event.<br />
  90. 90. TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />People started lining up the night before to get their free food.<br />
  91. 91.
  92. 92.
  93. 93.
  94. 94.
  95. 95.
  96. 96.
  97. 97.
  98. 98.
  99. 99.
  100. 100.
  101. 101. TURKEY GIVEAWAY<br />After getting their food, the people walked past this line of volunteers, who clapped and cheered for them—just for being there. It was a powerful experience for everyone.<br />
  102. 102.
  103. 103.
  104. 104.
  105. 105.
  106. 106.
  107. 107.
  108. 108.
  109. 109. ANGELUS TEMPLE<br />TDC has worship services every Thursday night and Sunday morning, down the street at this historic church.<br />
  110. 110.
  111. 111.
  112. 112.
  113. 113.
  114. 114.
  115. 115. ANGELUS TEMPLE<br />Michelle, left, was our fabulous host for the week. She inspired us with <br />her passion for the people she meets through TDC ministries.<br />
  116. 116.
  117. 117.
  118. 118.
  119. 119.
  120. 120. ANGELUS TEMPLE<br />Pastor Matthew is incredibly dynamic, both on the stage and off, and his love for the people of L.A. is evident in everything he does.<br />
  121. 121.
  122. 122. YOGURTLAND<br />This glorious yogurt spot was a highlight of the trip. Sadly, a store hasn’t opened in Illinois—yet.<br />
  123. 123.
  124. 124.
  125. 125. GOING HOME<br />It was a long, but wonderfully <br />life-changing, week for all of us. <br />

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