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Bay Up Review - Sept 2012

posted Sep 18, 2012, 5:23 PM by Jason Rieckewald-Schmidt
Bay Area Urban Projectseeking shalom in the city 

Yu-Shuan Tarango-Sho  |  BayUP Director  |  Website  |  Donate

Dear {FIRST_NAME|Friends},

DSC02716As you read this update, the class of BayUP’12 has faithfully completed the 6-week program, been apart from each other (their new found best friends) for over a month, and is now transitioning back to life on campus.  I have switched hats from director to mama of my two little ones (3yr. & 16mo.) within minutes after the project, made up for the missed childcare hours with lots of laughter, wrestling (love language of little boys), intervention (before, during, and post meltdowns), book readings, and family outings. 

As I reflect on my summer, it was truly a dream come true.  God came through and glorified himself through countless conversion & transformation experiences. 
Here are some snapshots:

  • DSC02458On our Immigration Day, 2 undocumented Dream Act students from Educators for Fair Consideration shared their.jpg in  immigration story.  As they shared and listened to our reflections, one of the Dream Act students said, “This is the first time I have ever shared my story with allies like you (people with citizen privileges). You have demonstrated such compassion and good-heartedness.  I was born into the Catholic faith but never practiced.  You have made me want to explore the Catholic faith and how it connects to me and my situation.”  (This student is currently at San Jose State and has been contacted by IVCF on campus.)  Please pray for his faith journey.
  • In a justice & evangelism training on delegation visits, students were split up into small groups to visit their local state senators based on their voting zip codes.  Every group were asked to present The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights to the Senator or their representatives, to share Christian values that make this an important issue to the faith community, and finally to pray with all the parties at the meeting.  As nerve-racking as it was for most, after a role-playing session, we all dressed up and made our visits.  Students felt empowered and proud of their accomplishment.  One Chico student was determined to mobilize his fellowship for a delegation visit after learning that the Chico Senator was the most against this bill. Click here to watch a video about it!
  • 2 Latino students were placed at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant with a team of skillful and compassionate attorneys, working on over 50 asylum cases a day, free of charge.  They had 5 min. of orientation before jumping right in.  Throughout the summer, they helped translate to attorneys (and in court), stories after stories of families fleeing from violence, rape, persecution, and death.  Sometimes they got to see a case won.  Other times, they turned clients away.  As heartbreaking as this experience could be, one student shared that she learned about the critical and transformative dance between lament and hope. 
  • IMG_0368After every program day, we came before this cross, knowing that behind every injustice, there are root lies and strongholds that keep it going and that only Jesus can break by his resurrection power.  In our weekly listening prayer times, we prayerfully identified the lies (in the broken system of education, social ecology, immigration, human trafficking, criminal justice), write them on paper and nail them on this cross.  In these powerful times of intercession, we also have folks stand in place of communities that are victimized by these broken systems as we pray for God’s shalom over them.
(UC Merced & Chico State at City Team; UC Santa Cruz team #1 at OBUGS; UC Santa Cruz team #2 at People’s Groceries; Santa Rosa Jr. College & College of San Mateo at Covenant House)

(Santa Rosa Jr. College at Freedom School; Mills College & UCB at East Bay Sanctuary; Mills & Cal State East Bay at BOSS)

(folks making beads and writing letters to themselves to remind them of God’s movement at BayUP and their commitments)

Here’s a video a BayUP team made to give you a better idea of their experience this summer.

I want to thank you for your prayers that carried us through this summer.  But BayUP is not over.  These paradigm shifts (conversions) that students have made require much Holy Spirit and community tending.  Please pray for the students as they re-enter back to campus life. 

Here are some of the commitments made:

  • Exploring and growing in their ethnic identity
  • Owning one’s privilege and using it for advocacy
  • Living simply and giving generously
  • Embracing our creatureliness (Sabbath, rest, not over committing)
  • Race & gender justice and reconciliation
  • Integration of prayer, witness, and justice
  • 6 month shopping fast
  • Supporting local food businesses