What is the purpose - you may ask - of taking a group of displaced kids to the zoo?
They learn to appreciate the beauty that God has created that is near them. Beauty is not in some far off world... someone has taken the time to bring it to them, and it is an opportunity to see what exists close-by.
In the neighborhood around our community center - kids kick dogs.
We get to teach them to love and care for God's creation. To be gentle with His creatures.
To help them to experience different perspectives... to encourage a wonder for "simple" things.