Brooklyn, Brooklyn Take Us In

It’s been 2.5 years since we moved out of Brooklyn to join the Cru team in Charleston, SC.  But as we left, well we really didn’t “leave” in all aspects of the word.  Our desire to move to Charleston was in our eyes and hearts a strategic one.  We didn’t leave Brooklyn because we didn’t like it or that is was too big or too fast paced or any other typical reason that someone might leave a big city.  Instead, we left because we saw an opportunity.

manhattan bridge

This Saturday is a part of that opportunity.  For the second year in a row, we are leading and have helped plan/coordinate 3 weeks of spring break mission trips to nyc.  Over the next couple of weeks students from the College of Charleston, UNC-Wilmington, NC State, Florida, Southern Miss, UNC-Chapel Hill, Miami, USC, UNC-Greensboro and Alabama (roughly 250 students and staff) will make their way to NYC to work along side of our co-workers on the NY Metro Team that we used to be a part of.

While there, these students and staff will have a couple of objectives:

  1. starting new ministries – many of, if not most of nyc campuses don’t have any type of Christian outlet.  our group will seek to network with nyc students as they share their faith in Jesus with those that don’t know about Him and help those that are Believers get connected to the NYC team.
  2. sandy relief – in light of sandy, our teams will also work along side of the Brooklyn Presbyterian Relief to help in the reconstruction of Brooklyn

Because many of the students and staff are not aware of the needs of ministry in nyc and the opportunities there, we saw it fit to help promote it from the ground and get people there in hopes that some, many of them would be called to serve God in some capacity in the city.  This is too why we lead the mission trip this past summer, which we have a few students from that team who are considering moving there who would have never considered it prior to spending time there.

Please pray for the hundreds of conversations that are about to take place all over the city.  Pray that we can start a new ministry on a campus that will make it possible for students on that campus to know about Jesus and the hope that is offered through a relationship with Him.

Pray that the logistics work out.

Praise God for my sister taking a week of vacation to keep the kids so that Ansley and I both get to work together on this project.

We can’t wait to share how God works through these couple of weeks.  Thanks for praying!

June in NYC – Summer Project 2012

On May 28th, we packed up and headed north to the great city that is Brooklyn.  Leading the summer project this year gave us opportunity to serve the city by bringing up 25 staff and students to help launch new Cru movements and help build up existing ones.  For the first time the project was housed in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan which proved to be a good move by allowing the participants to experience an established neighborhood in NYC verses living near midtown where only tourist stay.  If you’ve ever been around Herald Square or Times Square you know that it doesn’t matter which way you are walking it seems like everyone else in the world is walking the against you 🙂  But moving out to Brooklyn was different, much more calm and enjoyable for a long period of time.  The hotel that the students stayed in was the same one we used for our spring break trips back in march.  We are praying that a consistent relationship will blossom to provide a stable housing spot for all of our future spring break and summer mission trips.

This year our group consisted of mostly upperclassmen.  Out of the 15 that were students, 6 or 7 of them are considering moving back to nyc to either serve with Cru or just live life in the city.  This is the biggest response we’ve had for those who have come on our project who want to come back.  I think a lot has to do with living arrangements this year like already mentioned.  But God is at work!  3 students made decision to place their faith in Jesus this summer and there were around 600 people that our group had conversations with.  Here is one of the stories:

Brooklyn College had been a challenging school for the ministry team to reach people because of the lack of places to find students. In fact, most of the buildings were impossible for us to get into, which had proved to be a trend with most NYC colleges and universities. Two Project students were about to wrap up on the last day when they decided to talk to one last person. They went through Soularium with a guy who was willing to talk. As they shared about Jesus, they learned that many other people involved in his life were Christians and had already shared with him including one of his friends, his

football coach and family. It was obvious that God had been doing a work in the heart of this man and, in the quad of Brooklyn College, he eagerly placed his faith in Jesus!  

Thank y’all for praying and giving towards this effort.  The real measure of the impact of this project and the others taking place this summer we won’t know til heaven!

Here are a couple of photos from the summer: