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!

CofC in New York City

This is Sam.  He is a freshman at College of Charleston.  Brandon disciples him and leads his Bible study (pictured below) at College of Charleston.  Sam went to NYC for Spring Break with 12 others from CofC to join a group of 80 for the week to work along side the NYC Metro team that we worked with the past 2 years while in Brooklyn.  During the week Sam got to go to Lehman College in the Bronx.

The following is an account of one of his interactions at Lehman…

 I got the privilege of going to Lehman College in the Bronx.  I had an awesome time and was able to get into spiritual conversations with at least 10 students!  God was amazing through the whole time.  The students who I talked to were all excited to hear about Jesus.  One student in particular,Lenny, she was sitting in between two columns in the lunch room.  I didnt really see her at first, but I noticed after awhile that she had been watching me do soularium with some other students.  I walked over there, and she said “finally, I was about to think you were not going to make to me” (haha).  I ended up going through soularium with her, and it turned out she was a Christian.  While we were talking she said “she wanted to share the gospel with a few of her friends on campus, but she didn’t know how. ”  I was able to teach her how to use the Knowing God Personally booklet  so she could share the gospel with her friends!  This is definitely my favorite memory of NYC.  Not just because she wanted to talk to me, not because she did soularium, or even because i shared the KGP with her.  It really is because I saw how God uses everybody.  He is already raising up leaders on these campuses.  God has this awesome plan for Lehman college, and I think its amazing how Lenny is responding to God and is experiencing what God can do if your willing to listen.  It was a real big aid to my own spiritual walk because I was reminded how exciting it is to do God’s work!  How exciting it is that God has chosen me to be one of his ministers to this world, even though I mess up.      —  Sam

Here is a picture of Lehman College…as you can see it is very different from the average NYC campus.  Please pray for more people like Lenny to get connected with our staff there in the city so that Christ may have a great impact on the students and faculty at Lehman.