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San Diego Rescue Mission’s Sleepless San Diego

Sleepless San Diego is coming up, September 21-22 at Liberty Station.  We are excited to be part of this great event to help raise awareness and money for the SD Rescue Mission as they work to help the homeless in San Diego.

If you are in San Diego and want to help support the Rescue Mission, or you want to sleep-out under the stars for the homeless, you can go to the following link the learn more> http://goo.gl/BdDS8s


Christmas 2012 :: Free Portraits for Military Families

08We had a great time on Saturday, December 8th, blessing Military Families in San Diego.  MISSION focused gathered up a bunch of talented photographers to offer Military Families in San Diego an opportunity to have their Family Portraits taken at Liberty Station.  We had 36 families, representing the Navy, Marines and the Army, come join us Saturday morning.  It was a beautiful morning to bless those who serve our country and their families.   You can see more photos HERE.


Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

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Today MISSION focused has the honor and blessing of photographing Military Families in San Diego.  It’s a small way we can say “Thank You” to the brave men and women who serve our country in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering free family portraits.  It’s gonna be a great day!


Free Military Family Photo’s :: December 8th

Cruz Family :: June 2010

The Cruz family were the first family we photographed back in 2009 when we started photographing Military Families, as a way of thanking them for their service to our country.

On December 8th, 2012 at Liberty Station in San Diego we are offering active and retired Military Families from all U.S. Armed Services, Free Family Photos.   It can be just the kids, the whole family, gramma & grandpa with the grand-kids or just the 2 of you…We are here to serve and bless those who protect us through their service in the Armed Forces.

If you would like to take us up on this offer, please email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com to reserve a time slot.

December 8th,   8am to 11am at Liberty Station in San Diego.  All Military folks welcome.  Please help us spread the word:)


Free Photos for Military Families in San Diego

We want to bless Military Families in San Diego.

If you know any Military Families who have been wanting photos but just haven’t found the time…send them our way.

We will be at Liberty Station on December 8th, 8am-11am

You can contact us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.


Sleepless San Diego :: Face of Homelessness

I first started photographing for the San Diego Rescue Mission in 2003, at their Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner.  It has been a true honor to see up close, through the lens, the work that the Mission is doing for the homeless population in San Diego.

At this years Sleepless San Diego, the had a photo exhibit called “Face of Homelessness.”

Inside this tent were photos of the homeless in San Diego.  Linda, who put the exhibit together asked if I would contribute some photos, since she heard I had been helping photograph at the Mission.  I said it would be an honor and I gladly gave her a few photos to pick from.  These are a few of the photos that they used…

This was taken in the morning before the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  Groups go into downtown inviting the homeless to dinner…I was following a group that wandered down to Seaport Village Embarcadero Park.

I think this photo was taken at Easter Dinner.  One of the great things the Mission does is after the dinner, they give everyone a “goodie” bag of essentials.  They have 3 Community Dinners a year: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you want to be blessed, volunteer for one of these events.
This was taken at a homeless outreach in Balboa Park.  They meet on Saturday mornings for Church Without Walls.  They invite the homeless to come, rest and attend church.  Afterwards they feed them lunch, hand out Bibles and just talk with them.

The next 2 were also taken at Church Without Walls at Christmas time.

After the service, they gave out Christmas presents to everyone along with backpacks full of toiletries, socks and other assorted essential items.  This young boy came with his dad, and I think he was blessed as much as the man receiving the present.  It was certainly a humbling moment.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you,and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

(Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

I am truly thankful for the opportunity to share some of these photos.  Hopefully, through these images folks can see that homelessness isn’t constrained by age or gender.  

These volunteers were walking around Sleepless with these signs…1 in 4 homeless are young adults ages 18-30!   The signs speak for themselves, even the ones upside down!

The SD Rescue Mission created this great video about 5 ways we can help the homeless.  Please take a look


Sleepless San Diego 2012

Sleepless San Diego 2012 was another great success!  Thanks to everyone who slept out to help raise awareness

of the homeless population in San Diego.  To learn more about Sleepless and the San Diego Rescue Mission please go HERE.

To see a few photos from the event, please check out our Facebook page HERE…don’t forget to”Like” us 🙂

More photos soon…


San Diego Rescue Mission :: Sleepless San Diego

Tonite, a whole bunch of folks will be sleeping out under the stars at Liberty Station to raise awareness and money for the homeless in San Diego.  This will be the 6th Annual Sleepless event that the SD Rescue Mission has done.

MISSION focused has been part of this great event since it began.  If you would like more information about the SD Rescue Mission you can go HERE.  If you live in San Diego and want to do something fun to help the homeless in San Diego…come down to Liberty Station.

 


Rock Church :: A Brief Pictorial History

Rock North County had their first “official” Sunday service in their new home on Sunday. For many of the faithful who have been serving, since before Coastline, I could see a collective sense of relief. All those Sundays of setting up and then tearing down were over.

One of the blessings of being part of the photographers at the Rock is we get to see things on behalf of the rest of the body. We really are the eyes of the body. We get to document in photographs what God is doing at the Rock, and in a way, we become historians as well.

Rock Church 1st Sunday! ~ February 27, 2000

For me, it’s an added blessing to see what God has done in North County, because I am blessed to be part of the North County family.

So as the Rock begins a new season of ministry, of spreading Pervasive Hope to every nook and cranny of San Diego and beyond…it’s only fitting to share some photos of the Rock’s journey that has lead to the opening of the North County Campus 

Last Rock Sunday at SDSU Montezuma Hall ~ November 2004

1st Sunday at Ruffin Rd ~ November 21, 2004

1st Rock Satellite Campus: Rock Amplified ~ 2006

There are probably a few folks at the Rock who don’t know that the North County Campus was preceded by the Rock’s first attempt at having a satellite campus, affectionately known as Rock Amplified.  Rock Amplified was held at an elementary school 2 blocks from the Ruffin location.  It quickly became a refuge for families with young children and those wanting a smaller more intimate Rock experience.  With the move to Liberty Station, the Rock wanted everyone focused and together under one roof…

Pastor John Gross, leading Rock Amplified

Last Sunday at Ruffin Rd ~August 19, 2007

1st Sunday at Liberty Station ~ August 26, 2007Rock North County 1st Sunday at Coastline ~ June 13, 2010

Rock Kids North County ~ Ready to Move…

Last Sunday Rock North County at Coastline ~ March 4, 2012

1st Sunday Rock North County in New Home ~ March 18,2012

Rock North County is just the beginning of what’s next for the Rock…Praise God!