Lucas Makana Riley

With deep sadness we share that our wonderful friend, Lucas Makana Riley, was killed Saturday night by a drunk driver.

We have known Lucas and his family for over 15 years, we have so many beautiful memories of him. Lucas lived in our community for a year, and he was a gracious and loving servant.  He was a gift to all who knew him. We will remember his warm smile and good humor. He was a tender, creative and thoughtful soul.

Please pray for the Riley family and his fiancé Shawna.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

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Kids Camp 2016!

We are preparing for the kids coming to Kids Camp 2016!

It starts this Monday, July 11 and goes through July 29, from Monday through Friday each week.  Please pray for all of the kids that are coming, for a fun and safe time and that they would learn about God and His great love for them.

A big thank you to those who have given already! We look forward to working with Week Of Hope again this year.

Those of you who are still interested in giving, if you would like to sponsor an ice cream party, pizza lunch, craft donations, or just a gift of money, please let us know.

Please contact Heather Wilson at IMG_1422(1)IMG_4109IMG_1418(1)IMG_1419(1)IMG_1415IMG_1417(1)

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One of our Missionary’s Stories

My name is Jenny, I am 23 years old and I spent one year with City of Refuge from March 2015 until March 2016.
After a short visit to City of Refuge in March 2014 I went home to a job and an apartment, never thinking about moving for a longer period of time. But I did.

The most important thing I learned at City of Refuge is God’s heart and love for the poor.
I’ve been a Christian for a couple years and I’ve been reading the bible, but I’ve never paid attention to how much God wants us as Christians to take care of the poor and hungry.
It was very exciting to understand Gods heart for those that have nothing and at the same time being able to actually do something – which is exactly what God calls us to do.
Jesus came to save us and the more we look at Him and try to be like Him the more we want to save others. So it’s only obvious that working at City of Refuge feels like you’re doing, what you’re supposed to do! At least that’s how I felt.

Although I didn’t know the people we served when I first arrived, I had the privilege to become part of families and friendships that others had built for many years!
I absolutely loved the work and seeing people pour out their lives to serve and bless others, it is very encouraging!

Another thing I’ve learned is more personal and something God showed me about myself.
I’ve always hung out with kids but I never viewed “being good with kids“ as a talent. “Everybody is good with kids“ I often thought, so I never really thought of it as something special or something God wants me to do.
In my year helping out at Kids Club I realized how much I love being around the young ones, sharing stories & especially Jesus‘ love.
So now back in Germany I see the children’s work very different, I’m more encouraged to give them more attention and time and effort!

I am very grateful for that year, aside from things as I’ve known them, for all the friendships, for all the minutes spent with precious kids or serving people God loves so much.

Most of all I’m grateful for the things God showed me, how I know Him better now and how I understand what He wants me to do a little more than before.

I’d come back in a heartbeat!

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We are looking for missionaries to live and serve with us!

Who We Are Looking For

We are in the midst of a season of change. We have folks leaving the community, and we also have had shifts in our housing arrangements. At this time we have room for self supported missionaries who are interested in serving with us for six months or one year. We are looking for strong, committed believers who view themselves as missionaries, and are serious about serving in the inner city. We have room for both single adults, and for two married couples.

Who We Are

We are a Christ-centered community serving in San Diego’s inner city. For over 19 years our goal has been to meet the physical needs of those in our neighborhood, and to build meaningful and lasting relationships that point our neighbors to Christ. Our heart is not to simply preach the gospel with words, but to emulate Jesus’ way of life by loving the least of these. Our belief is that God’s heart is for the poor, and that we can be His hands and feet by helping the most needy.

What We Do

For us, living in community means sharing the most mundane moments of life and the extraordinary ones. We live and work together, and our commitment to each other has to be as strong as our commitment to those we serve. We eat together five days a week, and share our work load. Our community also houses individuals who are in need of much support and care, whether they face mental health issues, drug/alcohol addiction or physical sickness. Our six-day work week is full of food pick-ups and distributions, grocery deliveries, times of prayer and worship, working with neighborhood kids, visiting with our friends on the street, Bible studies, cleaning our property, distributing hygiene and clothing items, and much more. Some days can be very busy and some can have us working until the late evening, however our goal is to find a balance between scheduled times of work and service and leaving room for the Holy Spirit and His prompting, as we often meet people who need immediate assistance.

For more information, please e-mail us at

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It’s that amazing time of year again when we celebrate Christmas. We will be having our annual Christmas Blessing on December 19th. Check out our Christmas Blessing page for more info.

We are looking for volunteers and gifts for the kids. This year we have an Amazon gift list to make it a little easier for those that give. Merry Christmas!!              AMAZON LIST

Here is a video from our Christmas Blessing 2014

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Remission for Ricky!!!

We posted pictures a few weeks ago of Ricky who lives here at the Recuperative Care House, getting baptized. He was being treated for stage 4 lung cancer.

Well he went to the Dr today and he is in remission and they  stopped his chemo!

Thank you for your prayers. We are thanking and praising God!


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“Today is the best day of my life”

Tuesday night we rejoiced with Ricky, from the Recuperative Care House. He said he wanted to give his life to Christ and be baptized.

And according to Ricky “Today is the best day of my life”

We ask for prayer for Ricky as he has Stage 4 Lung cancer and is undergoing treatment.

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“…no one who runs to Him loses out.” Psalm 34:22

On Monday afternoons we give food away at an apartment building a few blocks from our community.
We have been blessed to be touching the folks there for a long while. We used to deliver groceries to several of them, but the Lord opened the door for us to have a weekly food distribution in the courtyard. We have built a great relationship with the manager, and many of the kids who live in the building attend our weekly Kids’ Club.
“ one who runs to Him loses out.” Psalm 34:2211224547_10155978108360523_6622363214218967033_o



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Crayons, pizza, love, and lots of little ones….

Another summer, getting ready for about 40 kids to come for the month of July… Time to get new crayons(the old ones are small and worn), saving lots of cereal boxes, planning crafts, songs, games….

Every year we offer Kid’s Camp free of charge for their families… We serve them breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks Monday through Friday along with crafts, games, sports, art, scripture, coloring, playing, and so much more… We have a great team of volunteers who make it happen, and who love on the kids and take care of them.

If anyone would like to help sponsor an activity, a craft, or a meal…. For example, you could sponsor a Pizza Party, which would be about 15 pizzas or so, for $75…. Or someone could buy a couple brand new boxes of crayons…. Or $40 for the supplies for a really great craft….. Or you could help us stock up on a bunch of water balloons… Or a big trip to the movies :)

If you’re interested in sponsoring, please contact Heather Wilson at

Thank you so much!

And thank you to all those who have already volunteered and those who have given to our Kid’s Camps,….. you have truly blessed these kids!!


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Last Year’s Kid’s Camp Video…

For more videos click here

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