For more than 17 years we have participated and led ministries to the at-risk and unreached throughout the United States. Our journey has included hosting the Jesus Kitchen at Rainbow Gatherings, serving thousands of meals to the homeless, baptizing in the woods, connecting young people with residential mentoring programs, training outreach teams, and travelling over 5,000 miles annually.
Throughout the United States there is a subculture made up of modern day travelers. Many of them are disillusioned with mainstream culture and the “American Dream.” They are skeptical of Christians and would never consider walking into a church, even though some are searching for spiritual answers. They are a marginalized subculture present in every city and state; however they may be rarely seen. Their hunger for community is strong – every summer up to 50,000 people make a pilgrimage to a National Forest to form a huge backwoods camp. There is a strong “hippie vibe,” as many express hunger for love, peace, belonging and spirituality.
In the midst of this counter-cultural, backwoods gathering – with no running water, electricity or food vendors and plenty of chaos – the Jesus Kitchen has been an oasis of peace and a consistent source for serving physical and spiritual needs.