Thursday, May 19, 2005

Yes, I Am Still Alive

Hi everybody I know I have not updated for a week and a half and I promised you pictures so here is my remedy for both problems.

Things are going great here in NY. Nothing unusually spectacular happened this week so I will get a chance to update you on the regularly spectacular things I have been doing.

I have gotten a chance to lead worship a few times here. I have led in the Bronx youth service on Sunday for the past three weeks, and I led the Intern praise and worship session on Tuesday. My guitar skills are not up to the point where I can lead with my Guitar but I am doing pretty well with guitar accompaniment. On the same lines I was able to sing on stage in the middweek service at metro. This is the single largest service at metro because Saturday and Sunday services are split. But the two guys that usually sing on Wednesday were gone unexpectedly last week so the two girls that lead asked if I would join them about five minutes before praise and worship. I had sang on that stage in a group of eight or more but it was quite differant with only three of us and me being thw only guy. But it was Great.

John Adams is going great. We had over 230 between my two sites last week. I also signed up 5 kids for our Won by One child sponsorship program. you can read more about the program at .

ANd now the moment we have all been waiting for; my pictures.

This is me on the bus on saturday. This is the CRAZY BUS

These are our bus workers; Porcia, Takira, and Kadeem.

On of our kids eagerly getting of the bus for Sunday School.

I have crossing guard duty for one of the saturday Sunday School sessions.

It is my job to keep the we ones safe.

We went to Madison Square Garden for the Circus.

Here we are clowning around.

This is me with Niasia, my mom's Won-by-One Sponsored Child.

These are the only chicks that will pay me any attention.

And finnally a few pictures I took when Jeremiah and I took Sierra, Sarah, and Michele to TheLion King at Gammage Auditorium before I left Az.

I will post more pictures in the next couple of weeks. I have a scrapbook project that is required so I have taken and collected close to 100 pictures. I will never post all of them but i will post the best and most of you will porbably see the scrap book when I am back in Az.

Goodnight for now.


Sunday, May 8, 2005

Wow, What A Week

We had an extra busy week here at Metro Ministries.

On Tuesday we went to Paterson Houses. If you remember this is where we got a ticket last week from the Parks Department police. Well, since we couldn't take the truck into the park we decided to have Sunday School on the sidewalk. A priest from the Catholic church across the street didn't want us there. He told our divisional leader that it was his sidewalk and that we had to leave. We told him we wouldn't leave, so he called the police. So the NYPD came and totally backed us up. They told the priest that they didn't understand why he was so upset. They said that it was just a different way to share the gospel. They even offered to hold a parking spot for us in future weeks.

It was Mother's Day week here as well. This is among the busiest weeks of the year. On monday there was a Mother-Daughter banquet for the ladies that come to church. I was able to help out with the food.

On Thursday morning they had a staff ladies breakfast. Since the ladies were having a breakfast the guys had a bring your own breakfast meeting, in order to take advantage of the guest speaker, Helen Trowbridge. It was fun. Considering the ratio of women to men in Sidewalk Sunday school is about two to one, it was a very different atmosphere without the ladies.

On Thursday evening we had Mom's Night Out. This is an opportunity to invite women who have never been to church to a dinner at the church. There were about three hundred ladies there. But with 300 ladies comes about 400 children. So I helped out in the preschool area. We had over seventy 3-6 year-olds in one room. But it was fun, crazy, but fun.

My site on Friday finally came back up after a week of rain and spring break. We had about 230 between the two sites. God is so good. I am going to post more pics this week so be looking.

Pressing on toward the goal,

Monday, May 2, 2005

Half Way Mark

It is hard to believe, but I am half way through my internship at Metro. We are having a special breakfast on Wednesday to commemorate this event. So this week was not short of surprises as usual.

On Tuesday we were asked by a parks representative to leave a basketball court we were planing on having sidewalk Sunday School on. She asked to see our permit and said, "Can't you see right here it says 'No vehicles'" So we packed the truck up. While we were packing up, a couple of girls were yelling at her saying things like "You get out of here" "Where's your permit." Part of me was like "Go girls Go" but the responsible adult part of me told them to stop, and that they were being disrespectful. So we parked away from the basketball court in a sort of drive way. The park police came and gave us a ticket. They said 500 feet from the park is still the park. Frustrating. So, we have to find a new location on Tuesdays, or do Sidewalk without the truck.

Anyway, on Friday we had a guest speaker at our weekly staff meeting. His name is Ray Bevin, and he is from Wales. He also used to be in a rock band. Kind of funny. He sang "Have I told You Lately that I Love You." Not only did he sing great but he was also very funny.

We also had a guest speaker for the kids on Saturday. His name is Kurt Zastrow. He is a very skilled ventriloquist. He had the kids laughing and laughing. It was great.

Well I'm ready for another great week.

Going Strong In Him,
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