Mission Highlight: Thank you Sung Jin and Nancy for sharing about District 9 where they lived for two years. Followers of Jesus are sent out to love, serve, and share the good news, and in order to love our city, we need to know our city. District 9 encompasses the Mission, Bernal Heights, St. Mary’s Park, and Portola. District 9 has some of the most diverse, vibrant, and culturally rich neighborhoods in San Francisco. At the same time, District 9 faces extraordinary challenges according to District 9 Supervisor, Hillary Ronen, in housing shortages, street homelessness and high crime.
Here are some demographics of District 9:
- District 9 is estimated to be 44% White, 43% Hispanic, 23% Asian and 4% Black.
- About 50% of the residents of District 9 were born in another country.
- Over 40% of the residents of District 9 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
They shared about being surrounded by diverse cultures, languages, music, wonderful restaurants and coffee shops, and all the people hanging out at Dolores Park for various events and movie showings. They experienced firsthand the juxtaposition being in the heart of one of the most innovative and privileged cities, while recognizing the impact of gentrification and the severe poverty that exist.
They shared about some ministries that work in the area, Inner Change who serve the homeless, by living out the good news of Jesus in Word and deed, and specifically focused on building long-term relationships. Another ministry is Cornerstone Church, which partners with City Team to provide tangible needs to those in need, such as serving food, distributing clothes, sharing the gospel, and praying with individuals.
Then Sung Jin led us in prayer for District 9. He gave God all praise and glory, and thanks for showing us love, mercy, and grace each day. He prayed for Inner Change and Cornerstone Church as they serve the neighborhood and build relationships. He asked that God give them opportunities while also providing for their needs. He also prayed that those who do not yet know God. We prayed for the communities to show love and care for one another, as God has shown us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
For those of you missed it, the recording is found here