Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Saturday Workday cleaning the Soup Kitchen at St. Johns
James in Action at VBS on Friday Afternoon.
Sunday - Day of Rest and Rejoicing in Central Park
Our Monday Workday - Finishing up helping out NYSUM
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
- Strength, as we will be out late tomorrow night
- Protection as we minister tomorrow night
- Divine encounters with the people God wants us to encounter.
- Hearts of compassion....For the people that we serve. That we would keep our eyes on the needs, and not ourself!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tonight we went to the homeless shelter and I believe that all of us were touched and moved. The men and women were on different paths of life than we were. If things have worked out a lot better in their paths of life, they wouldn’t have chosen the drugs, alcohol, and intense sadness that came upon their lives. We saw many people who were in need of many things. All I could think about was what I personally wanted to give to them. I noticed that Pastor Barry was just standing looking at all the men and women, and in the corner of my eye I saw a middle aged man walk up to him. I turned my head and I heard that man ask Pastor Barry for his bible. Pastor Barry looked at his bible and gracefully said “yes”. He had such an amazing look on his face when that one book of words reached his own hands. It was just amazing to see all of these people being helped and having our blessings. I truly believe that we encouraged them to pursue God and make something true and big about their life. - Taylor Bagley
Today we participated in a VBS with pre-k kids, It was exciting to play with the kids. All of the kids where having fun and participating with the activities that we presented. The children enjoyed the puppet show that we put on. Once we began to pack up the teacher asked the children to grace us with a song. The four of the children stood up in front of the class and began to sing, It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Later that day our group went to a homeless shelter, when we first got there the group was timid and shy. Once we pulled out the sandwiches, waters, and hygiene products people began to crowd around us. Most of the people just wanted what we brought with us, but others were pulled to us with a deeper desire. We began to pray for the people who came to us, I was touched by the way the people opened up to us. When we came back to the NYSUM facility we all shared our god sightings, today was a touching day for me and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week. - Andre Scotland
Thanks so much for your prayers. PLEASE KEEP THEM COMMING! We NEED THEM. We need prayers for....Wisdom, Strength, Boldness, Safety, Power, Love, Compassion, and focus! Tomorrow we are at a Soup Kitchen and VBS in the AM. In the evening we aren't quite sure what we are doing. Please pray for us! Thanks.
I just want to thank Andrew Lemon, Christian Simanca, Pheobe & Angela Wurst, Eric, Steve, and all the others who held REMIX without us there! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
In his Grace, and by his Grace,
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Hurray! We are in Queens! We arrived safely at NYSUM today at 2:45pm. We got our stuff in our rooms, picked bunks, and then headed right to orientation. At orientation we got to understanding of what exactly NYSUM does, and all the rules we need to follow here.
After our hearty spaghetti dinner, we took the Subway to the Brooklyn Tabernacle. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, it is a very large, beautiful church that has been founded on Prayer. They started a Tuesday night prayer meeting years ago, with just a couple people. Now hundreds of people come out each Tuesday night to pray. Actually there was probably about 1500 people just to pray and worship God. It was really powerful and encouraging. The pastor spoke a brief 10 min. message on giving of yourself. He said that as we step out of our comfort zones and “pour out” ourselves, God then pours into us and through us. It was really encouraging cause it was exactly what we needed to hear. Another cool thing was that the worship pastor opened the service with the same scripture reading as Pastor John Shared on Sunday Night. Cause of that, all the kids know that even though Costa Rica didn't work out, this is where we are suppose to serve. We got back to NYSUM around 10:45 and had a time to talk together as a group about our day, and the service. And now it is time to call it a day.
Please pray for Strength - especially the leaders. We will probably only get 5 or 6 hours sleep a night!
Pray for the Kids as the serve the VBS service tomorrow, and as we go out to the Homeless shelter tomorrow night.
Pray for saftey, and wisdom for all of us. Pray for more of his Holy Spirit to empower us.
I was reminded of a saying based on Romans 8...."God doesn't Call the Equipped, but Equips the Called!!!" May Jesus Equip us for what he has planned tomorrow!
As I mentioned before, if you have any encouraging words for someone on the team, or the whole team, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 3, 2009
4:30pm – Orientation – Room B3
PM – Brooklyn Tabernacle Church Prayer Svc – both teams
Weds., 8/5 AM
Team 1 - First Church of God – VBS Program
Team 2 – UN Prayer Walk
Team 1 – The Living Room – Homeless Shelter
Team 2 – Staten Island Survey Evangelism
Thurs., 8/6 AM
Team 1 – First Church of God – VBS Program
Team 2 – Day Laborers Ministry
Team 1 – Cerebral Palsy Friendship Evangelism
Team 2 – Times Square Clowns – Street Evangelism
Fri., 8/7 AM
Team 1 – POTS Soup Kitchen Ministry
Team 2 – First Church of God VBS Program
Team 1 and Team 2 – Homeless Ministry
Sat., 8/8 AM
Team 1 – St. Johns Bread & Life Work Day
Team 2 – Lord of the Harvest Service
Team 1 – Apples Core
Team 2 – The Living Room – Homeless Shelter
Sun., 8/9 VISIT Local Church in the AM, Relax and see NYC!
Mon., 8/10 Cerebral Palsy Work Day (9am-3:30pm) Teams 1 & 2
7:00pm – Departure back to Calvary Assembly of God
Monday, July 27, 2009
On Sunday, the Missions team spent the day together in preparation for our trip. We spent the Morning at New Beginnings Church, where we had the opportunity to perform a drama for them. We then traveled to Marsh Creek State Park were we ate, and also did lots of fun team building activities. It was great to see the kids working together, encouraging one another and coming together as a team. We ending our time reading through the story of David and Goliath. It is a popular bible story, however it was interesting to read that originally, David wasn't going out to the battlefield to fight. He was just going out to take food to his brothers. He wasn't going to fight, just to serve. We were encouraged that even though our plans changed up, we are going to go and serve NYC in any way God calls us to.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This Saturday was our Annual Fun Fair at Calvary AG. This presented another "Training" opportunity for our Missions team as we were preparing for our missions trip. Most of the students helped run the wide variety of kids games and blow ups. Some students were daring to work with Pastor Josh (Children's Pastor) and walked around as clowns bringing joy to the many children who were there. The Children's Safety and Fun Fair was a great success and it was an honor to serve as a team!