Greater things are still to be done

This past Saturday, I had the honor of serving at City Impact. City Impact is an organization that is committed to bettering the lives of the homeless, and those less fortunate in San Francisco. Their mission statement says, “to restore hope and rebuild the lives of the people of the Tenderloin District.” The Tenderloin is widely known to be the rough part of town, because of the high rates of crime and poverty.

I know I typically write about the happy parts of San Francisco. But you know what, there are not-so-happy parts here, too. In the months since I moved here, I have been painfully aware of the large population of people who are struggling. My heart is seriously broken for these people. I’ve been looking for a way to help, and I don’t think dropping a few pennies in a jar is the answer.

Enter City Impact. City Impact was founded by Pastor Roger Huang in 1986. It is located in the heart of the Tenderloin, and they offer meals and groceries, life skills classes, a wellness center, a thrift store, a school for children, and church services to the people in need. There are so many ways you can help. You can donate food or clothes. You can volunteer to deliver meals, or give your love to the children. And you can give money, too!

When I was there, I got to help organize the room where the after-school activities will be held. I know it seems like painting a wall with chalkboard paint, and putting together some desks is no big deal. And you may think that donating your food/time/money is insignificant. But Pastor Clint reminded me that God can take a small act of service and turn it into something HUGE! Remember the five fish and two loaves?

If you want to help out, you can get more information at or on their facebook page.

This video features a song called “God of this City”, and I love this song! I really believe the words of this song are true, and I know that City Impact believes them, too.

You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the Light in this darkness
You’re the Hope to the hopeless
You’re the Peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Greater things, part 2 | Save Me, San Francisco
  2. kimetzel84
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 12:28:15

    Nanny, yes. We volunteered at City Impact as part of MPPC’s Compassion Weekend. Amy, Bill, and the boys were there. I was really honored to be a part of it.


  3. kimetzel84
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 12:27:11

    John, thanks for reading! 🙂 Maybe you guys can come out here sometime and visit. That would be so fun!


  4. Joan Lafferty
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 12:08:33

    Is this the project u did with Amy & Bill with their church? Compassion Sunday??


  5. John
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:40:50

    Cool! I like to volunteer when given the opportunity! Keep it up and enjoy San Fran!


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