(SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT) — Over the last 10 years, a beloved tradition based on free burgers and Jesus has developed in the midst of the Friday night madness of Del Playa Drive.
Every Friday night starting at 10 p.m., members of the I.V. Church gather at “Jesus House” on the 6600 block of Del Playa to grill and serve up to 200 free burgers to college students partying and roaming the streets. Lead pastor Jason Lomelino and members of the IVC congregation have gathered their personal experiences with Jesus Burgers into a book with a collection of 25 testimonies about Jesus.
“We just love Jesus and we just want to make him known. This has been something we really believe God began years ago to bless the city of Isla Vista. We really want to give people a way to love the city they live in; I.V. is pretty much always associated with a bad reputation and we want those living outside I.V. to see that good things are happening here,” explained Lomelino.